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NEWS | Sept. 26, 2013

JB Charleston CFC starts Monday

By Capt. Frank Hartnett Joint Base Charleston CFC Representative

The Combined Federal Campaign is kicking off at Joint Base Charleston Monday Sept. 30, and will conclude Nov. 8.

A CFC 5K run is scheduled for Oct. 4, featuring free giveaways and speakers from local charities.

The campaign is being conducted with the assistance of the Coastal Carolina CFC which oversees efforts in 11 counties throughout South Carolina.

This year's theme is "You make it happen," and more than 2,500 charities are listed in this year's brochure which can be provided by your squadron representative.

The charities showcased in the CFC range from local to national efforts and assist a wide range of interests.

Last year the 315th Airlift Wing, 437th AW and 628th Air Base Wing donated more than $186,000, and the Coastal Carolina CFC raised $1.83 million.

This year, the installation is setting a reasonable goal of meeting or exceeding last year's figures, while the Coastal Carolina CFC is aiming for $1.81 million

Recognition awards have changed slightly for this year's campaign. The Humanitarian award is for contributors who give from $240 to $599. Award winners at this level will earn a coffee tumbler featuring a photo of the C-17 flying over the Ravenel Bridge. The Eagle Club is for donations ranging from $600 to $999; contributions at this level will be recognized with a custom metal coin marking this year's campaign. The Keeper of the Light is for donations of $1000 or more; individuals at this top level will be given a framed copy of custom artwork.

While donation awards are designed to recognize those who give greatly, even the smallest contribution can have a large impact in someone's life. While these are challenging financial times, please remember that charities counting on donations and contributions are hit even harder. These charities assist those who need help the most, so your generosity is now more important than ever.