Once again Dollar Tree is teaming up with Operation Homefront to ensure that the children of military families will have a Merry Christmas. And they want you to join the toy platoon and help them provide kids with gifts.

This is the fourth season that Dollar Tree has participated in the toy drive, which is on now through December 6. Last year, customers donated an estimated $5.6 million in toys nationwide. The goal this year is $6 million.

When the brave men and women of the armed forces deploy, they leave behind families that often struggle with day-to-day expenses and unforeseen emergencies. Christmas must be an especially challenging time for these parents. But Operation Homefront is ready to ride to the rescue. This organization was formed to provide emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.

It's so easy to help. All you do is purchase a toy or care item and drop it off in a "Toy Platoon" collection box located in any Dollar Tree store. Operation Homefront volunteers will then collect and distribute these items to military families in your area. The children of service members will receive toys during holiday celebrations and events at various military installations and armories throughout the country.

If you would like to do more than donate a toy this Christmas, you can also become a volunteer at Operation Homefront and help with the distribution. Just fill out the volunteer interest form on the website.

If you're the spouse of a soldier and would like to apply for assistance this Christmas, go to the Operation Homefront website, find your local chapter by clicking on the button on the upper left-hand corner of the home page and fill in the online application form.

Marlene Alexander is a freelance writer and dollar store diva. Her new e-book will show you how to decorate, entertain and give beautiful gifts using only items from the dollar store.



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