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Non-profit helps military families prepare for school year

Operation Homefront takes donations of school supplies which go to military families. (Source: WAFF) Operation Homefront takes donations of school supplies which go to military families. (Source: WAFF)
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

A Tennessee Valley-area non-profit organization is helping local military families prepare for the upcoming school year.

Operation Homefront hosted a Back to School Brigade at Hogan YMCA in Madison on Thursday.

Dozens of local military families received free backpacks, school supplies and other items. Organizers said this helps military families financially.

"We're serving 100 families, so that's exciting for us," said organizer Liz Fichtel. "And it's just going to continue to grow as the families become more aware that we are here. We're here to serve them and help their financial situation."

Families receiving the supplies were grateful to see the show of support. Richard Scarlett is with the Army.

"I have a family with five kids and when we prepare for, at least 4 of them are in school now, so when they all go to school we have to try to find all this stuff for their school supply list," Scarlett said. "That could end up being $40 or more per child, and so this actually helps out a lot and gets a lot of stuff that we need to be able to provide for their schooling."

The school supplies were donated by people in the community, as well as local businesses.

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