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Back to School Brigade

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Just a little more than a more week before tens of thousands of children head back into the classroom.

For many families, preparing for the new school year can be financially difficult.

But thanks to the generosity of viewers, Operation Homefront, and Dollar Tree, FOX 7 was able to help hundreds of families get the supplies they need.

Families like the 5 members of Felix Gutierrez's.

"They got me buried with a whole bunch of paperwork."

Gutierrez is on a mission.

One he cannot do alone.

So he enlists the help of a volunteer.

"You're going to have to help me out with this one."

The father of three has to maneuver through a mini mine field of books, trying to pick out the right ones for his 3rd and 7th graders.

The soldier stationed at Fort Hood is one of hundreds of military families who received free school supplies Saturday.

He says he's grateful.

"Family of five, I mean, my wife is at work right now to give you an indication, every day things, like lunches just add up over time."

Curtis Beauchamp says every little bit helps.

He's the Chairman of the Board of Director for Operation Homefront.

It's a group that supports the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

"I can't stress how important the family is."

"If your head is not right while you're deployed, you can't do missions. Doing little things like this to support, with the economy the way it is, the way things are, the number of deployments going on, the number of activations for the reserve and the guard, this is huge to help eliminate some of the stress that you do and live everyday."

It's an effort that has seemingly paid off.

Gutierrez says he's impressed.

"This is a nice way to see that the community, the City of Austin, and FOX News and all the organizations out here giving back to the soldiers that serve the country."

He's not the only one.

Sgt First Class Vancien Hammond is a single parent.

"Being a soldier and a single parent and seeing the additional support that we received from groups like this, it's amazing. It's nice to know we've got that to turn to."

FOX 7 anchors, Mike Warren and Keri Bellacosa were also on hand.

Meeting and greeting.

And, helping those who serve our country

 

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