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Operation Home Front

Back to School Brigade 

Back-to-School Brigade® is Operation Homefront’s annual nationwide school supply collection and distribution campaign. Since inception, Operation Homefront has distributed over 400,000 backpacks to military children saving military families nearly $50M in school expenses. Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree Inc. have joined forces for 12 consecutive years to collect and distribute school supplies. 

Families of Post 9/11 wounded, ill, or injured service member of any rank, both currently serving and those no longer serving in the military or All ranks, Active Duty, Guard and Reserves, any duty status or Transitioning service members within 12 months of their discharge/retirement date. 

VFW Posts’ role in this program is to collect donated supplies from participating Dollar Tree locations, sort and deliver them to Operation Home Front for distribution to military families in need. 

Operation Home Front
Above, at a recent Post meeting, (L to R) Commander Carl Kurfess, Post Surgeon Bryan Rowe and Past Commander Rose Gililland prepare to sort school supplies. 

Volunteers needed for Back-to-School Brigade 2020

Commander Rose Gilliland has announced the post will participate in this “Operation Home Front” program, sponsored by Dollar Stores in our area. Each store is collecting donations of “Back to School” supplies which are to be distributed to needy military families for the new school year. Post 8870 has two such stores in our area, one in Edmonds at the Aurora Marketplace on Hwy 99, the other in Mukilteo, further north on Highway 99. 

Our role in the project is to pick up the donated items (pencils, rulers,erasers, binders, etc.) from the stores and then sort them into packages for individual students, which we will do at the Legion Hall. Scheduling and sign ups will be handled over the Post meeting on Zoom on Wednesday July 15. If you can’t make the virtual meeting but wish to participate, email commander@vfw8870.org to let the Commander know of your interest. Further information will also be sent out via email. 

More information on this program can be found at https://www.operationhomefront.org/custompage? Id=3260