[caption id=“attachment_11345” align=“aligncenter” width=“468”] Ashley Sibinski, 10, looks through her new backpack Aug. 2 during the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s Operation Back-to-School event at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Photo by TD Jackson/Courtesy of the Belvoir Eagle[/caption]
The USO - with a big assist from its donors and partners - is helping children from military families across the world get back to school in style. Here are a few recent stories:
USO Fort Hood, Operation Homefront Team to Help Texas Kids Get a Strong Start
Children from military families from kindergarten through high school received a free backpack containing grade-appropriate school supplies Saturday during a USO/Operation Homefront event at Fort Hood, Texas. Operation Homefront provided the backpacks while the USO hosted a bingo competition, sponsored a raffle and distributed snacks, according to the Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald.
“It’s a little extra something" USO Fort Hood Interim Director Isabell Hubbard told the Daily Herald. “This falls in line with all the family programs we offer. It’s one more USO moment to create.”
Kmart’s Donation Helps USO of Central Florida Get School Supplies to Kids
With time running short and funding absent, Kmart of Brandon, Florida, came through for the USO by providing $1,000 to buy school supply kits for children of local military families. The Tampa Tribune said Brandon Kmart Manager Tim Burton facilitated the donation when he heard kids of families stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, needed a hand:
“[USO of Central Florida Vice Chairwoman Mary Zolna] had contacted me in regards to supporting them with school supplies for the base,” Burton told the Tribune. “Apparently they had lost funding and had a short window to make all of this happen. I reached out to my district manager, Jeffrey Nanace, and my regional vice president, William Ellis, who did not hesitate in authorizing me to accommodate the USO’s needs. Mary came in and we were able to get everything they needed.”
USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Provides Backpacks, Educational Games
Earlier this month, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore handed out an array of back-to-school items at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Kids ages 5 to 12 had to earn their backpack, according to the Belvoir Eagle, by participating in three learning stations.
“Every little bit helps, especially since we are a one income home,” Sgt. Christopher Sleep of 1st Battalion, Warrior Transition Brigade, told the Eagle. “So, this helps for sure.”
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May 25, 2017
NBC's 'This Is Us' Cast Visits Service Members and Military Families on USO Tour at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
It was a morning to remember. A group of stars from NBC’s “This Is Us” – Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Sullivan – spent a morning visiting service members and their families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst as part of a USO entertainment tour.
May 24, 2017
After Struggling to Find His Place in the World, Marine Finds Two Families – and His Place in Both
Deron Johnson didn't plan on joining the military, but he ended up a Marine. He also didn't anticipate becoming a fraternity brother at Texas A&M, but then came Theta Chi and its history of supporting the military - and the USO.
May 15, 2017
USO Operation Birthday Cake Brings the Party to Service Members in Japan
When Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffrey Lee received an urgent call to head to his work station one morning, he thought there was something seriously wrong, but there was no emergency. Instead, he walked into his own surprise birthday celebration, courtesy of his wife, USO Yokosuka and the Operation Birthday Cake Program.