Military families receive back to school gift

Military men and women give us their all when it comes to protecting our country and freedom, but they're not the only ones who make sacrifices.

Their families sacrifice precious time with their loved ones and that's why some Amarillo folks are giving back.

The Amarillo Armed Forces Reserve Center offered military families a great back to school present.

Saturday, August 17, 2013 they handed out free school supplies to those little troopers who had family members in the services.

"What we are doing today is the Back to School Brigade 2013, which is a combined effort of Operation Home Front, Dollar Trees, and America Supports You Texas," said Volunteer Aly Harmon "We have spent the last month and a half collecting school supplies and today we are handing them out."

Supplies were bagged based on the Amarillo ISD basic supplies list and then were handed out on a first come first serve bases.

Hayley and Alexis McDonald picked up their bags; both said they're excited to go back to school prepared, which is Harmon's favorite part to see.

"The kids are so great. They just get so excited to come," said Harmon "and it takes the burden off of mom and dad. That's what really matters."

Army mom, Buffie McDonald said this act of kindness means a lot and that she's blessed to know the community supports her as well.

"As an army mom, right now with my husband gone, it's huge," said McDonald "It gives us some help and relief from stress. We can blow the stress off with him gone."

With the military act of comradery, the Reserve Center expects to help more than two hundred kids go to school prepared this year.

"We just really appreciate it. They've done a lot to help us," said McDonald "It means a lot when other soldiers and their families kick in and help each other out."

If military families were not able to pick up their supplies today, there's still plenty to go around.

Please contact Aly Harmon at