‘Operation: Tools for School’ to help military families

Dozens of military families will receive school supplies thanks to Operation: Tools for School. Pictured: Cameron & Riley Schuetze. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Dozens of military families will be able to receive free school supplies thanks to generous donations.

According to Kelley Koons, Military Veterans Resource Center Specialist, ‘Operation: Tools for School’ helped more than 50 families receive supplies.

“Often times a lot of people have to find child care for the summer for their children,” she added, “and then as soon as that’s over they have to pay for school supplies.”

It’s a bill that can add up to hundreds of dollars every year.

Operation: Tools for School is aimed at providing those families gift cards for school supplies. Koons asks that anyone interested bring in their proof of service.

“We just started seeing more people come in with school age dependents so we decided to help off-set the cost by doing this every year and it’s been a really big turnout,” she said.

The program serves a greater need–in large part because of its proximity to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Koons says many of the families who move don’t realize what school their children will even be attending.

“They don’t even know what school they’re going to be going to so school supplies are the last thing on their mind.”

Allison Schuetze came into the Military Veterans Resource Center in Huber Heights on Wednesday. She said that within one minute, she was accepted for the program.

It’s a relief for Schuetze, who is currently searching for a job after moving from California.

“It’s difficult going from working every day to not having a job,” she said.

Schuetze served in the Navy for 8 years. She said her school supply list could easily be more than $50.

“2 pairs of scissors, multiple ziploc bags, Clorox Disinfecting wipes..”

If you’re interested in donating, or learning more information about ‘Operation: Tools for School’, contact Kelley Koons at (937)-329-9559.

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