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Church Mutual employees fill 200 backpacks for children of military families through Operation HomefrontSubmitted: 08/14/2019
Stephen Goin
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Church Mutual employees fill 200 backpacks for children of military families through Operation Homefront
MERRILL - Two hundred backpacks, stocked with school supplies, cover the breakroom tables of a business in Lincoln County.

Soon, they'll be shipped all over the country to help the children of military men and women 

Employees at Merrill's Church Mutual helped fill those backpacks Wednesday with donations from Dollar Tree shoppers around Lincoln County.

It's all a part of Operations Homefront's "Backpack Brigade."

"Back to school is expensive for any family, and it can be even more expensive for military families when they're dealing with deployments or a service member being gone for training," said Darcy Clardy, Operation Homefront Senior Director.

This year, Chevy donated red trucks to Operation Homefront to transport the backpacks across the nation.

Employees were able to volunteer Wednesday while on the clock and do their part to give back.

"It gives you just a little sense of giving back to people who do so much for us already," said Bobby Busterud, a Church Mutual employee.

Operation Homefront will donate nearly 40,000 backpacks this year and some of them will stay local.


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