It isn't much more than a week until school starts, and some kids on JBER got one step closer to being ready to take in a new school year-worth of information.

Two-hundred military children were given backpacks filled with school supplies at Operation Homefront's Backpack Brigade Thursday.

"We've got folders, pencils, binders, papers, everything the children need to start their school year off right," Sara Rizzo, Operation Homefront area manager, said.

There were four different colors of backpacks and two different sizes depending on the child's age.

Booths throughout the room had goodies for kids and information for parents.

"The average family spends about $500 or more getting their kids ready to go back to school, so this is just one less thing that they have to worry about," Rizzo said.

Rizzo said she thinks this event is about the community coming together to support the troops and say thank you for what they do for our country.

Military Dad Oscar Muniz said it is good to know that people really take care of military families and help them get their kids ready for the school year.

Rizzo is a part of the military community as well. Her husband is active duty.

She says she gets "all warm and fuzzy" helping these families.

"It is great to serve the community that serves us."

In the last 10 years, the back to school brigade has given out more than 300,000 backpacks to military families across the country.

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