Helping Others

Spread Christmas cheer by donating toys to military families

Kylie Poindexter, of Scott Air Force Base, flashes a smile after getting a gift from Santa Claus during an Operation Homecoming event coordinated for area children and those of parents at Scott Air Force Base which is nearby. Each child received three stocking stuffer gifts and one larger toy they got to choose, eat cookies, drink hot chocolate, visit with Santa and also get school supplies if they needed them. About a hundred children came to the event in the first hour.
Kylie Poindexter, of Scott Air Force Base, flashes a smile after getting a gift from Santa Claus during an Operation Homecoming event coordinated for area children and those of parents at Scott Air Force Base which is nearby. Each child received three stocking stuffer gifts and one larger toy they got to choose, eat cookies, drink hot chocolate, visit with Santa and also get school supplies if they needed them. About a hundred children came to the event in the first hour. snagy@bnd.com

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Operation Homefront

Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families. The non-profit provides financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into long-term struggles.

How to help

Operation Homefront has partnered with Dollar Tree Inc. to have the 11th Holiday Toy Drive program for military kids. Dollar Tree stores will have toy drive collection boxes for shoppers to place purchased toys. Operation Homefront volunteers collect the toys to distribute at the non-profit’s holiday events and on-base Family Readiness Groups.

Online donations are accepted at OperationHomefront.org for all of the non-profit’s programs to build strong military families.

Contact information

For more information, go online to OperationHomefront.org.

The Operation Homefront Central Midwest Office serves Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

▪  Address: 2615 Commerce St., La Crosse, WI, 54603-1761.

▪  Phone: 800-390-4643.

▪  Fax: 608-285-5544.

▪  Email: centralmidwest@operationhomefront.org.

To find the nearest Dollar Tree store, go online to www.dollartree.com.

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