The Fourth of July is about more than cookouts and fireworks. It's about celebrating our independence and the men and women who have fought for it.
In that spirit, Kroger is asking customers to help support an organization that does so much for military families - the USO.
"We just hope folks will remember that as they're out getting their picnic needs for this Fourth of July celebration, that they'll think about the military and their families and reach in their pocket and donate a little money at checkout," said Kroger spokesperson Melissa Eads.
Kroger kicked off its annual Honoring our Heroes campaign Tuesday benefiting the USO. Donation boxes are set up at the checkout lanes in every local store.
The USO has about 160 locations around the world, offering support to members of the military and their families.
"We're just there, delivering goodness and making sure we're actually lifting the spirits of the military troops and their families," said Kari Burgess Brown, with the USO at Fort Campbell.
The USO facility at Fort Campbell opened in November, and the public is invited to take tours.
Kroger's campaign to benefit the USO runs through Aug. 11. Last year, the company raised nearly $2 million.
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