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Dollar Tree collecting gifts for Army kids
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ATLANTA — Georgia and Dollar Tree, Inc. have joined forces this holiday season to gather holiday gifts for military children in Georgia. The toys will be donated by customers of the more than 4,000 Dollar Tree and Deal$ stores nationwide.
The Georgia toy drive is part of a nationwide campaign by Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, now in its fourth holiday season. Last year, Dollar Tree patrons donated an estimated $5.6 million in toys nationwide; this year’s goal is $6 million. The toy drive comes at a time when Operation Homefront, a nonprofit that helps military families in need and provides support to our nation’s wounded warriors, met 144 percent more needs for families and saw a 191 percent increase in requests for food assistance over last year.
“For the last four years, Dollar Tree and its customers have helped boost the morale of our community’s service members,” said Kim Scofi, president of Operation Homefront - Georgia. “Military families are not only dealing with the effects of the war, but also the economic recession. The economy has left them especially hard-hit over the last year. These donated toys will all go to provide a happy holiday for their children.”
“Dollar Tree is a proud, national sponsor of Operation Homefront,” said Chelle Davis, Dollar Tree spokesperson. “The sacrifices made each day b y our military and their families, especially during deployments, is humbling. We are honored to give back in this small way by once again participating in this program.”
Dollar Tree stores will collect items through Dec. 6. Once the program ends, Operation Homefront volunteers will collect and distribute the gifts to military children during holiday events. In areas where Operation Homefront does not have a chapter, local military support groups will distribute the toys to military families and their children.

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