HONOLULU - Hundreds of military families lined up for Operation Homefront's "Back-To-School Brigade" Friday morning.

The annual school supply distribution took place at the Hokulani Community Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

As children filed through the line to fill their backpacks with notebooks, pencils, and crayons many come from families of junior enlisted and wounded warriors.

Operation Homefront works with families to make sure their children have all the resources they need to start the school year right.

“Every year it gets more expensive to prepare your children to go back to school,” said Brittney Arruza, with Operation Homefront, “supplies alone cost hundreds of dollars per child—clothes, shoes, and when you’re on a fixed income, that doesn’t go very far.”

Helping Hands Hawai'i donated 500 school supply kits for this year's event.