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    Operation Homefront and CSX Distribute School Supplies

    CSX joined Pride in Service partner Operation Homefront to distribute more than 1,000 backpacks and essential school supplies to military children as they head back to class in this highly unusual school year.

    As part of Operation Homefront’s mission to build strong, stable and secure military families, the Back-to-School Brigade program provided backpacks and supplies to children in Jacksonville, Fla.; Clarksville, Tenn.; and Fayetteville, N.C.

    “Unexpected deployments, unemployment and reduced work hours, along with the other stresses of military life, have hit military families very hard,” said Margi Kirst, chief development officer of Operation Homefront. “These donated supplies will help our military children have a strong start to their school year, while easing the parents’ financial burden of the back-to-school season.”

    Kirst thanked CSX for its ongoing support of Operation Homefront, which has distributed 400,000 backpacks since 2008, saving military families more than $50 million in back-to-school expenses. In addition to CSX, other sponsors include Dollar Tree and SAIC.

    “We are proud to continue to positively impact military children through our Pride in Service initiative and Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigades,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of corporate communications at CSX.