Local military families can sign up for free school supplies through Operation Homefront

Posted at 3:57 PM, Jul 27, 2016

Operation Homefront will hold its Back to School Brigade in Tampa the first Saturday in August to give military children free school supplies. 

The non-profit organization helps military families across the country and each year they hold a school supply drive. 

On August 6th, volunteers will hold its annual donation drive by giving eligible military children a backpack with brand new school supplies.

A good portion of the donations comes from people at local Dollar Tree stores in the Bay area. 

"I know it may seem small," said Charlotte Merriam, organizer for the Tampa area, "a backpack with supplies might be saving a military family thirty dollars."

Right now, the organization is looking to sign up 150 families. 

On their website, is the requirements:



Welcome to the Back-to-School Brigade! Operation Homefront is honored to be able to provide school supplies to our military families and help in any way that we can. Please note that this event is for DEERS enrolled military dependent children only who will be in Kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2016-2017 school year. Identification of all children registered will be required the day of the event.


Active duty, E1-E6 or post 9/11 wounded, ill or injured, all ranks












To sign up for the event, click here.