Military families get back-to-school boost

Operation Homefront provided school supplies for students in military families

Jen Moser, her husband, Sgt. 1st Class James Moser of Oregon’s National Guard and their children pick out school supplies August 1, 2014 in Clackamas, Ore. (KOIN 6)
Jen Moser, her husband, Sgt. 1st Class James Moser of Oregon’s National Guard and their children pick out school supplies August 1, 2014 in Clackamas, Ore. (KOIN 6)

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Once again, the time of year has arrived to start shopping for school supplies – but one group is giving them out for free, to students of military families.

Operation Homefront, a national non-profit that provides help to military families in need, hosted an event for 324 families at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas Friday August 1. Students picked from 15,000 donated school supplies, at a time when the cost of back-to-school items continues to rise.

“This helps immensely, there are a lot of different school supplies when you have four different kids that go to four different schools,” said Jen Moser, whose husband, Sgt. 1st Class James Moser serves in Oregon’s National Guard.

A student surveys back-to-school items at Operation Homefront's event in Clackamas, Ore. August 1, 2014. (KOIN 6)
A student surveys back-to-school items at Operation Homefront’s event in Clackamas, Ore. August 1, 2014. (KOIN 6)

“It brings the families together to get to know each other and meet each other, but it’s going to help them them financially about $450,” said Operation Homefront Program Director Janice Collee. “It’s great for the family member to come with their child and see their eyes light up.”

Collee said military face economic hardship, in addition to the added stress of deployment and frequent moves. The non-profit says the donated school supplies will enhance the morale and success of military children, while easing the financial burden on families.

Anyone wishing to help can drop off donations at local Dollar Tree stores and visit Operation Homefront’s website for more information.

The National Retail Federation estimates shoppers will spend more than $600 on supplies, clothing and electronics this year.

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