Mark Meikle and Margo Morgan volunteered to help with United Way Broward’s effort to help military families.


Staff Report

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – On Thursday, August 10, United Way of Broward County’s Mission United teamed up with the Castle Group to give away 405 backpacks filled with school supplies to children of military families in Broward County.

The backpacks were handed out during a Veterans Family Expo at United Way of Broward County’s Colker Center to help alleviate the financial burden many families face at the start of the new school year.

The backpacks’ contents, valued at approximately $50 each, included notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, highlighters, markers, crayons, glue, folders, index cards, scissors, erasers and more.

Military families also received savings from Florida State Parks, who distributed 55 Military Family Passes valued at $120 per year (median lifespan estimated at 30 years averages out at a $3,600 value).

Broward County Libraries distributed five wireless hotspots valued at $300 each and Synergistix provided two bicycles valued at $160 each.

The event successfully resulted in approximately $220,070 total savings for families.

Veterans received additional information on local organizations that service veterans and their families such as Consolidated Credit and Broward Youth Coalition and notable guests at the event included Sergeant Major Ken Juede, Director for United Way of Broward County’s Mission United, Craig Vaughan, President of Castle Group and military veterans and their family members.