Back-To-School Brigade®​ – 2020

Oak Creek Academy

This was Oak Creek Academy’s 2nd year partnering with Operation Homefront for their Back-to-School Brigade school supply drive. We are so thankful for the opportunity to give our time and thanks to our military service members and their families through the donation of school supplies and backpacks. In attendance was:

Lanie Gavin – PTO
Brenda Villalpando – PTO
Michelle Lenis – PTO
Michael Whaley – OC
Suzanne Ferguson & husband – Volunteer
Michelle Rocha and her team from Navy Federal
Dan Morgan & son – Operation Homefront’s Supply volunteer

Rudy BBQ donated breakfast burritos.

The Back-to-School Brigade®

The Back-to-School Brigade® (BTSB) is Operation Homefront’s nationwide collection of school supplies and backpacks that will be distributed to the children of E1 through E6 military families as well as to all ranks of wounded, ill or injured veterans and their families. 

This year, back-to-school supplies will be distributed to military families at more than 70 locations across the country to tens of thousands of military children.

The COVID-19 Factor in 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 continue to take a huge toll on military families. This year, more than ever, these deserving families benefited from a program that helped them offset finances they would normally use for expensive school supplies and allowed them to use their funds for other critical needs. 

Operation Homefront

As part of Operation Homefront’s mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families, our Back-to-School Brigade® program is one of the ways we provide military families with much needed support throughout the year. 

Military families deal not only with deployments and the other stresses of military life, but also the economic difficulties shared by all Americans. Purchasing school supplies is often a big expense for military families. These donated school supplies enhance the morale and the success of our military children, while easing the parent’s financial burden of the back-to-school season. 

One of Operation Homefront’s core values is gratitude. The Back-to- School Brigade® is one way to thank military families for their service. We can deliver the BTSB program to military families across the country, thanks in part to our generous donors and partners like Dollar Tree and SAIC.

2019 Shoe Drive

Oak Creek PTO partnered with with Funds2org in collecting gently used shoes. Organizations like Soles4Souls turn unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity, by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use – providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty.

Did you know?

Textiles to include shoes and clothing represent more than 65% of content in our country’s landfill – while 70% of the world’s population would benefit from the use of repurposed shoes and textiles.

More than 767 million people in our world live on less than $2 a day. What most of them lack in money, they make up for in resilience and resourcefulness. They may feel discouraged and limited, but somehow they still manage to make do with what they have. Programs like this help individuals in developing countries by providing them with the means to become financial secure and stable.

Impacting the World

Created opportunities

Gently used shoes we collected got funneled to developing countries, where people could start small businesses to sell them. Your shoe donations mean a constant supply of quality product. This ensures these fledgling businesses can be sustained long-term.

Generated Income

By selling shoes, small business owners earn sufficient income to purchase necessities like food, shelter and education for their families – and people who need shoes the most can get them at a price they can afford.

Provide Relief

Funds generated through programs allow organizations like Soles4Souls to use 100% of donor contributions for direct assistance and disaster relief programs in all 50 states.

Environmental Impact

By collecting discarded shoes and clothing, organizations like Soles4Souls has kept 63 million pounds of textiles out of U.S. landfills, helping to preserve our planet for future generations.