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Freedom Mortgage Kicks Off 2021 Rucksacks to Backpacks Campaign

Company provides many children of military families with brand new backpacks and school supplies to help them prepare for Back-to-School 

At the end of June, Freedom Mortgage, one of the largest full-service mortgage companies and the top VA and top FHA (government-insured) lender in the U.S., announced the start of its annual Rucksacks to Backpacks campaign to provide school supplies for the children of active-duty military, National Guard members, and Reservists. Money raised from the campaign, now in its ninth year, will enable children in grades K-8 to pick the school supplies they need at distribution events through nine USO (United Service Organizations) centers across the country. 

The Rucksacks To Backpacks fundraiser completed on July 16 with donations coming from Freedom Mortgage employees, vendors, partners, and some members of local communities. Now Freedom Mortgage is working with the nine USOs to prepare for the backpack and school supply distribution events/celebrations at the following locations: USO Arizona; Bob Hope USO (Southern and Central California); USO Ohio; USO of Greater Jacksonville (Northern Florida); USO Indiana; USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey; USO of Metropolitan New York; USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore; and USO Dallas Fort Worth (North Texas). 

“We continuously strive to improve the lives of our military communities,” said Stanley C. Middleman, founder and CEO of Freedom Mortgage. “We’re honored to partner with the USO again to help prepare kids for academic success as they return to their school classrooms. Our Rucksacks to Backpacks campaign is one way we like to help those who protect our freedoms and something we look forward to every year. The kids have a lot of fun at the USO back-to-school events and enjoy being able to select their school supplies.” 

Each local USO will purchase the needed back-to-school supplies from the money raised by Freedom Mortgage and distribute them locally, which has already begun and will take place through the end of August.  

Rebecca Parkes, USO North East Regional Vice President, said, “This campaign is a good example of how a USO partnership can have a meaningful impact on our mission and give more than thanks to military families. Together, with Freedom Mortgage, we can put smiles on a lot of kids’ faces and provide thousands of children with much needed school supplies as they prepare to go back to school. We are grateful for the continued support from Freedom Mortgage, its employees, and its customers who are helping to serve those who serve us all.” 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Freedom Mortgage gathered school supplies through collection bins placed throughout the company’s offices across the country. Last year, the company switched to a virtual campaign in which employees purchased backpacks and school supplies online and shipped them directly to individual USO centers. Backpacks were then assembled and distributed at drive-through events at each location. 

This year, Freedom Mortgage made the campaign even easier by creating an online fundraiser that enabled USO centers to purchase the exact items that children in their communities need (

Click here to see a short video highlighting this year’s fundraiser and moments from the Rucksacks to Backpacks program over the years.

For more information on Team Freedom Cares, which provides Freedom Mortgage employees, family members, friends and customers with opportunities to support their local communities as well as veterans and those currently serving in all branches of the U.S. military and their families, visit