The Freedom Mortgage Rucksacks to Backpacks Campaign encourages local communities to provide school supplies to children in active-duty military families. The fundraiser runs through July 16th, while the local Backpack Drive events in 10 U.S. cities run throughout July and August.
School starts as early as this month for some U.S. cities, so Freedom Mortgage hopes to reach their goal of $125,000 quickly, which would gift about 3,500 children with new and necessary back-to-school supplies to start the new school year.
Freedom Mortgage is one of the largest full-service mortgage companies and the top VA and top FHA (government-insured) lender in the U.S., announced the start of its annual Rucksacks to Backpacks campaign to provide school supplies for the children of active-duty military, National Guard members, and Reservists. Money raised from the campaign, now in its ninth year, will enable children in grades K-8 to pick the school supplies they need at distribution events through nine USO centers across the country.
The Rucksacks to Backpacks fundraiser runs through July 16. The company welcomes anyone to join in and make an online donation.
“We continuously strive to improve the lives of our military communities,” said Stanley C. Middleman, founder and CEO of Freedom Mortgage. “We’re honored to partner with the USO again to help prepare kids for academic success as they return to their school classrooms. Our Rucksacks to Backpacks campaign is one way we like to help those who protect our freedoms and something we look forward to every year. The kids have a lot of fun at the USO back-to-school events and enjoy being able to select their school supplies. We hope local communities will join us and donate, no matter how small the amount.”
Money raised from the fundraiser will benefit USO Arizona; Bob Hope USO (Southern and Central California); USO Ohio; USO of Greater Jacksonville (Northern Florida); USO Indiana; USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey; USO of Metropolitan New York; USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore; and USO Dallas Fort Worth (North Texas).
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