Operation Homefront Presents Cornerstone Award to Dollar Tree’s Chelle Davis

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Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit serving America’s military families®, has presented its Cornerstone Award to Chelle Davis, Dollar Tree, Inc. Operation Homefront presents the Cornerstone Award for outstanding contributions to the organization’s mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families.

“Under Chelle Davis’s active leadership, our relationship with Dollar Tree has grown into a model of collaboration that allows us to make a real difference in the lives of our military families," said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront.

Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit serving America’s military families®, has presented its Cornerstone Award to Chelle Davis, Dollar Tree, Inc. Operation Homefront presents the Cornerstone Award for outstanding contributions to the organization’s mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families. The award is reserved for those individuals who have helped Operation Homefront transform how it serves military families and delivers impact.

Dollar Tree and its generous customers have provided millions of dollars and in-kind support to recurring programs through Operation Homefront since 2006. Moreover, Dollar Tree has provided more than $830,000 over 11 years to support Operation Homefront’s Critical Financial Assistance program for military families in need.

Davis has served on the organization’s regional advisory board on a voluntary basis and been the point person for Dollar Tree’s partnership with Operation Homefront to support military families. The company is the leading partner in two of Operation Homefront’s signature programs: Back-to-School Brigade and Holiday Toy Drive. For each of these programs, Dollar Tree’s patrons have generously supported our military families by purchasing critical items at each of the company’s more than 6,000 stores nationwide. Thanks to Davis’s efforts, Operation Homefront’s Back-To-School Brigade has provided more than 300,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to military children. Additionally, Davis has led Dollar Tree’s “Joy of Giving” program for the company’s employees.

“Under Chelle Davis’s active leadership, our relationship with Dollar Tree has grown into a model of collaboration that allows us to make a real difference in the lives of our military families," said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “Since 2006, Dollar Tree and their caring customers have made the back-to-school and holiday seasons better for tens of thousands of military kids, and made those times significantly less stressful for their parents. Chelle can take great pride in knowing she has played a significant and enduring role in helping us accomplish our mission to help military families have the opportunity to thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect.”

The Back-to-School Brigade provides military children with backpacks filled with school supplies, helping to relieve families of this cost and enabling them to use their income for other household expenses. In 2017, on average, families spent $500 per student for school supplies, a significant increase from $488 per student in 2016. The Back-to-School Brigade program is important because it helps to alleviate some of these financial costs for military families by providing backpacks with a variety of needed supplies, like pens, pencils, paper, scissors, and binders.

The Holiday Toy Drive brings the joy of the holiday season to military kids across the country. With its customer-driven campaigns, Dollar Tree has been a committed partner for more than a decade. With extended deployments and frequent relocations, many service members and their families face financial hardships and must forgo spending money on gifts.

About Operation Homefront: Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.

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