Back to School time is an annual pilgrimage for families across the country. Spending for school supplies is a big expense for many families. The same is true for military families. Freedom Mortgage is proud to partner with the USO annually to ease this burden for the children of active-duty, National Guard and Reservist families.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Freedom Mortgage gathered school supplies through collection bins placed throughout our offices across the country. Starting in 2020, we switched to a virtual campaign in which employees purchased backpacks and school supplies online and shipped them directly to individual USO centers. Backpacks were then assembled and distributed at drive-through events at each location.
In 2021, we endeavored to make the campaign even easier by creating an online fundraiser through BidPal that enables USO centers to purchase the exact items that children in their communities need. Together we supported over 2,600 military kids by raising a total of $93,000.
"We continuously strive to improve the lives of our military communities," said Stan Middleman, founder and CEO of Freedom Mortgage. "We're honored to partner with the USO again to help prepare kids for academic success as they return to their school classrooms. Our Rucksacks to Backpacks campaign is one way we like to help those who protect our freedoms and something we look forward to every year. The kids have a lot of fun at the USO back-to-school events and enjoy being able to select their school supplies."
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