SAN ANTONIO, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) have joined forces again this pre-school season to gather school supplies for military children across the country. The supplies can be purchased by customers at more than 4,000 Dollar Tree and Deals stores nationwide and placed in collection boxes in each store.
The Back to School Brigade program is a nationwide campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, now in its sixth season. Last year, more than $3 million of supplies were collected thanks to the generosity of Dollar Tree patrons nationwide.
"For the last six years, Dollar Tree and its customers have helped our communities' service members," said Jim Knotts, President & CEO of Operation Homefront. "Military families are not only dealing with the effects of the war, but also the current economic difficulties. These issues put a lot of weight on them as they try to rebuild their lives. These donated school supplies enhance the morale and the success of our military children, while removing some of the burden military families carry.""Dollar Tree is a proud, national sponsor of Operation Homefront," said Chelle Davis, Dollar Tree spokesperson. "We are honored to once again participate in the Back to School Brigade™ and thank our customers for their continued generosity and support." Dollar Tree stores will collect supplies July 9 – August 5. Once the program ends, Operation Homefront volunteers will collect and distribute the gifts to military children during the back-to-school season in August and September. Log on to OperationHomefront.net for more details on how to contribute. About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4500 volunteers across 23 chapters and has met more than 590 ,000 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to support military families. More information is available at www.OperationHomefront.net . About Dollar Tree: Dollar Tree, a Fortune 500 Company, is the nation's leading operator of discount variety stores selling everything for $1 or less. To learn more about the Company, visit http://www.DollarTree.com . SOURCE Operation Homefront