The Cape Cod Military Support Foundation and the recently established Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, non-profits that support Active Duty Military, National Guard and Coast Guard families in Massachusetts announced that the annual campaign to fill backpacks with school supplies for children of those who serve in Massachusetts far exceeded its aggressive 2017 goal of 4,000 backpacks. “We were able to fill 4,754 backpacks this year”, stated Don Cox, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation and the Cape Cod Military Support Foundation. “We could not have accomplished this without the help of so many amazing sponsors, partners, volunteers, and the public. Special thanks to Ocean State Job Lot, the Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod and its fund at the Cape Cod Foundation, Eastern Bank, Samsonite, IMEX Cargo, the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Cardi’s Furniture, Project New Hope, Operation Homefront, the Joint Base Cape Cod leadership, the Hero Marketplace, Otis Civilian Advisory Council and all those who donated supplies or lent a hand to volunteer. We are truly grateful and humbled by your support.” The backpacks are delivered throughout Massachusetts and a small quantity are kept in reserve for those children who transfer into Massachusetts schools when their family is stationed in Massachusetts. In addition, the foundation is working with Coast Guard leadership to provide backpacks to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The foundation has already set its sights on 2018 with plans to start the campaign earlier and double the number of backpacks.

About Cape Cod Military Support Foundation Inc.

Cape Cod Military Support Foundation Inc., a 501c (3) non-profit, supports the military service members and families of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army and U.S. Army National Guard who are assigned to the Joint Base Cape Cod and US Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Woods Hole. The foundation currently has five major program areas: The Chaplain’s Fund supports a variety of critical needs for military families in crisis. The Children’s Program supports the most vulnerable and often most significantly impacted military family members-the children. The program undertakes Operation Backpack which distributes thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies, the Halloween Parade and Party, Operation Santa Claus Holiday Party and Operation Easter Egg Hunt. The Education and Transition for Military Program assists military members as they navigate the all too often difficult transition from active duty to civilian life. The Scholarship Program for Dependents awards post-secondary educational scholarships to children of service men and women, and the annual Military Awards Banquet, a tradition for 39 years, honors the accomplishments of service men and women and civilians who support them.