To celebrate the new school year, Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families, worked with Dollar Tree stores to collect donated school supplies. The organization partnered with four Balfour Beatty Communities military sites to provide over 10,000 school supplies to 1300 families.

Back-to-school events kicked off with NAS Whiting Field, who received 750 items from five Dollar Tree stores in the area. These supplies were provided to the Whiting Field School Liaison Officer for families in need during the school year.

Continuing their yearly back-to-school tradition, volunteers at West Point worked to sort and organize over 1,500 school supplies, using the supply lists from each school to create a complete bag for each student. The team created and presented 80 bags to children in families ranked E1-E6. A neighbor to the east, New London's Backpack Brigade served 150 families, who received backpacks and the opportunity to fill them with any school supplies that caught their eye! In addition to supplies, a generous donor offered three raffle prizes for our residents- new tablets & e-readers!   Homefront2

At NAS Pensacola, volunteers from nearby Eglin Air Force Base compiled two hundred backpacks full of school supplies, collected from six local Dollar Tree stores. Overall, over 3,500 school supplies were donated to the effort. In addition to the volunteers stuffing backpacks, the site also had vendors such as the USO, at the event, handing out information and providing lunch to residents.

Over 500 Residents at Vandenberg Air Force Base enjoyed their annual Salute to Youth event, with partners such as Balfour Beatty Communities and the Youth Center. Participants received backpacks and school supplies such as crayons, markers, pencils, notebooks and calculators in their full backpacks!

NCBC Gulfport celebrated their fifth year with Operation Homefront, collecting over 3,600 school supplies from local Dollar Tree stores and filling 350 backpacks full of everything needed to start the school year. "This event is a great experience to be able to give back to our service members," said Leah Ladner, LifeWorks Coordinator at NCBC Gulfport. "It's an honor to be able to thank families for what they do for us every day."