Campaign helping Airmen in need extended
By Jasmine Porterfield, Team Eglin Public Affairs
/ Published April 26, 2016
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
A charity meant to help Airmen in need is struggling to meet its financial goal this year.
The Air Force Assistance Fund's campaign deadline is extended through May 20 to give Airmen more time to give in support of their peers.
"We are halfway through the campaign, and we've raised just $38,000 out of Team Eglin's goal of $114,000," said 2nd Lt. Brittany Barker, Eglin AFAF project officer.
The AFAF is an annual effort to raise funds that provide support exclusively to Air Force service members and their families in need, including active duty, reservists, guard, dependents and surviving spouses of Air Force members.
Contributions go toward emergency funds covering anything from living and medical expenses, emergency travel, childcare, vehicle repairs, and more.
According to the AFAF, more than $195,000 in contributions were paid forward to the Eglin community last year. Additionally, more than $23,000 went toward base community programs like Bundles for Babies, Spouse Employment Program and Heart Link Support. Local educational programs were also supported with nearly $30,000 paid in educational grants and loans.
"Your contributions can provide a home and other assistance for our retirees and their survivors," said Brig. Gen. Christopher Azzano, the 96th Test Wing commander.
Airmen interested in contributing may do so through their local unit AFAF key workers or by contacting Barker at 882-7995.
"While we're making progress toward our goal, time is running out," said Azzano. "Even a small donation can go a long way."