Members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) and Dollar Tree partnered together to equip local children with school supplies for the new year.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, CVMA members made the pick-up of donated items from the Dollar Tree at 2700 N. Main St., Altus, for the 2014 Operation Homefront “Back Pack Brigade,” and delivered them to the charity organization based in Lawton. This year, Dollar Tree has collectively donated over 700 items. CVMA transported a bulk of the items on Aug. 4, which were handed out to military families (E6 and below) through Operation Homefront on Aug. 9, along with donations from other businesses for kids returning to school.
Chris Pedersen, CVMA Detachment Secretary, said that organizations like Dollar Tree have a big impact by helping veterans and the local community, and thanked them for their efforts in veteran outreach to active, retired, and separated members.
Pedersen said that their mission with the CVMA is “Vets helping vets.”
“What’s awesome and unique about that is actually being able to reach out as vets helping the community,” Pedersen said. “That’s what’s important to our veterans, is having a strong community. Especially out here. That’s what’s humbling about it is folks are passionate about helping one another. You run into folks who say, ‘Hey my dad served, my brother served, my sister served, or my mom served. We want to make sure we pay homage and tribute to those folks too, the best we can by serving our community. And we may not be serving directly to a veteran but we may be serving their decedents, their family, their sons and daughters or even their siblings.”
Teresa Higginbotham, Dollar Tree Store Manager, stated that there are over 4,000 Dollar Tree stores nationwide who donate twice a year to Operation Homefront. Her store has been involved since before she began working there 9 years ago.