SAN ANTONIO -

While you're nabbing back-to-school items as part of "Tax Free Weekend," consider stopping by Ingram Park Mall on Friday to support the USO.

KSAT 12 and the USO of San Antonio are teaming up to raise money for the organization, which has cared for our military heroes for 70 years.

It's the second year for the USO phone bank operation and the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year.

"We're happy to help in every way possible, as we've done with the Army Fisher House and the USO each year," said KSAT 12 Vice-President/General Manager Phil Lane.  

Shari Jenson of USO San Antonio said they are thrilled with the support they receive from local residents, and are thankful for any help they can get to keep their programs alive and thriving. With so many troops returning to the US in the coming months, the USO will need all the assistance they can get.

The USO Phone Bank will take place from 10 a.m. to  9 p.m.  KSAT 12 will broadcast live updates  from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Viewers should call the USO Phone Bank Hotline at 210-520-0100 or 877-USO-GIVE (877-876-4483) to make a monetary donation or donate online at www.uso.org/donateSanAntonio.