The USO Fort Hood and Operation Homefront hosted a back-to-school celebration Saturday at Community Events and Bingo Center.
The two nonprofits came together for the second time to treat 1,000 military children to free fun and school supplies.
Isabel Hubbard, USO Fort Hood’s interim director, said the day was all about celebrating children.
“It’s a little extra something, rather than just ‘here ya go,’” she said of creating an event surrounding the supply giveaway. “This falls in line with all the family programs we offer. It’s one more USO moment to create.”
Kids attending kindergarten through 12th grade received a free backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies from Operation Homefront, while the USO hosted rounds of bingo featuring prizes, additional raffle prizes and snacks.
Operation Homefront provides school supplies nationwide to military children with its Back-to-School Brigade though donations from corporations and local communities. The USO partnership and bingo event is special to Fort Hood.
“It’s a way to say thank you, but also a way to support (military families),” said Kimberly Wootten, community liaison for Operation Homefront.
Rose L. Thayer