More than 250 area children will be heading back to school this fall sporting new backpacks, courtesy of the West Chester-based BAE Systems employees, who came together recently to stuff new backpacks with essential supplies, including pens, pencils, rulers, notebooks, markers and crayons.
BAE Systems coordinated the backpack drive in conjunction with Operation Homefront of Ohio, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting military service members and their families across the state.
“Corporate back-to-school backpack drives have always been solid opportunities for businesses to give back to their local communities,” said Don Dutton, Vice President with BAE Systems’ Platform Survivability business. “Where this program differs is we support the children of local military families.”
In the Greater Cincinnati area, local families of deployed service members will receive backpacks filled with supplies for their children. Operation Homefront estimates that backpack drives, like BAE Systems’, can easily save military families $300 or more in monies they would otherwise have had to spend on back-to-school supplies.
BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.