for holiday toy drive to benefit military children
Operation Homefront of North Carolina and Dollar Tree, Inc. have joined forces again this holiday season to gather holiday gifts for military children in North Carolina. The toys will be donated by customers of the more than 4,000 Dollar Tree and Deal$ stores nationwide.
The Operation Homefront of North Carolina toy drive is part of a nationwide campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, now in its fifth holiday season. Last year, Dollar Tree patrons donated over 6 million toys nationwide, and this year hopes to beat that record. The toy drive comes at a time when Operation Homefront, a national non-profit which provides emergency financial and other services to military families and wounded warriors, met 5 percent more needs for families and saw requests for food assistance more than double in the last two years.
“For these past years, Dollar Tree and its customers have helped boost the morale of our community’s service members,” said Jane Weaver-Sobel, President of Operation Homefront of North Carolina. “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 military families who are trying to rebuild their lives. These toys, donated by Dollar Tree customers nationwide, will allow them to provide a happy holiday for their children.”
“Dollar Tree is a proud, national sponsor of Operation Homefront,” said Chelle Davis, Dollar Tree spokesperson. “We are honored to participate in this program and thank our customers for their generosity and support.”
Dollar Tree stores will collect items through Dec. 6. Once the program ends, Operation Homefront volunteers will collect and distribute the gifts to military children during holiday events. In areas where Operation Homefront does not have a chapter, local military support groups will distribute the toys to military families and their children.