Back to School Brigade stops at NAS Lemoore

Danika Sharp checks out a notebook and pen her sister, Trinity, selected for her backpack during Operation Homefront's annual Backpack Brigade Aug. 9. Meanwhile, big sister, Destiny, and mom, Brandy, look at labels.  

More than 200 NAS Lemoore kids crammed school supplies into their new backpacks when Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade arrived here Aug. 9, four days before the start of the new school year.

“It’s great timing and keeps us from breaking the bank,” said Brandy Sharp, a mom to three school-aged girls.

Families signed up for the eighth annual school supply distribution and were given appointment times to visit the Chapel’s Fellowship Hall. Once there, families moved through a line to select about $5,000 worth of pencils, notebooks, glue sticks, and more.

“This is about taking care of Sailors,” said NAS Lemoore Command Master Chief Jim Cahill.

According to its website, Operation Homefront distributes backpacks and school supplies at official Operation Homefront events throughout the country. Supplies were collected at Dollar Tree stores from July 9-Aug. 15. Last year Dollar Tree patrons donated $4.78 million of school supplies.

Operation Homefront is expected to return to NAS Lemoore with its annual holiday toy distribution in December.

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