Service Beyond Sacrifice, Johnstone Supply Announces Effort to Ease Military Families' Financial Burdens this Holiday Season with Toy Collection Sites

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In an effort to help men and women in uniform this holiday season, Johnstone Supply will collect toys for Operation Homefront November 1st through December 6th.

Please support our troops and their families this holiday season by dropping of a toy at one of our three Johnstone Supply locations now through December 6th!

Johnstone Supply will collect toys for Operation Homefront November 1st through December 6th. Help show your appreciation and ease a military families' financial burden this holiday season. Drop off a new toy at one of three Johnstone Supply locations:

1401 W. 94th St. Bloomington, MN 55431
2550 Wabash Ave. St. Paul, MN 55114
1261 97th Ave. N.E. Blaine, MN 55434

Johnstone Supply is the leading cooperative wholesale distributor in the HVAC/R industry. Johnstone Supply offers superior customer service, technical advice, training seminars, and an annual catalog featuring over 30,000 HVAC/R parts, supplies and equipment. Johnstone Supply is proud to be an official partner and active contributor to Operation Homefront, a national non-profit providing emergency financial and other support to families of military members and wounded warriors.

It is estimated over the past decade that 2,000,000 children between birth and teen have had a family member deployed. Operation Homefront targets American military personnel and/or their families who have unmet needs due to financial hardship, death, injury, or physical or mental detriment as a result of service in Iraq or Afghanistan. These may include active duty, Reserve, National Guard and veteran service members. They are a diverse ethnic group (64 percent are minorities): approximately 20 percent are African-American; 5 percent Asian-American; 34 percent Hispanic/Latino; 5 percent Native American; and 36 percent Caucasian. Roughly 75 percent live at an income level 80 percent below the median income for the communities in which they reside.

Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:

Financial assistance
Emergency food
Emergency home repairs
Critical baby items: formula, food and diapers
Home and appliance repair
Furniture and household items
Local moving assistance
Community events
Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing

"For service members with kids, especially in the lower ranks, Christmas shopping is a major expense that can blow a hole in the family budget" said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. Johnstone Supply hopes to help alleviate some of that burden by assisting with collections. Please drop of a toy at one of our three locations today!


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