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Charity in full-swing at Dover Air Force Base

Posted 10/20/2010   Updated 10/20/2010 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Matthew Hubby
436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

10/20/2010 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- The Combined Federal Campaign, a government program designed to give charities a window to solicit donations from federal employees, is in full-swing at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

The program began Oct. 8 and will run through Nov. 30. The goal of the campaign is to have 100 percent contact with all base personnel, so everyone has the opportunity to donate if they so chose.

"This economic climate can be a bit challenging for people," said Capt. Giorgio Szabo, 436th Airlift Wing deputy chief of Plans and Programs and wing CFC point of contact. "The goal of CFC is to find a charity that everyone can relate with and be as generous as possible to. The last thing I want to hear at the end of this campaign is that someone wanted to give, but didn't know how to."

The program allows those interested in donating to tailor their donations to specific charities at the local, regional, national and world-wide level.

"It's very easy to forget how much need there is while in the military," said Capt. Rebecca Christi, 436th Medical Operations Squadron staff pediatrician and CFC volunteer. "I volunteered for the CFC because it is a worthy cause and an opportunity for the military to give back to those who need it. I have given to the CFC since I joined the military and was honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the campaign."

The goal of many of the squadron volunteers is to exceed their goals, said Captain Christi. They have also partnered with the 512th Airlift Wing CFC volunteers, to ensure total base coverage.

"In my heart of hearts I believe everyone wants to give in one way or another," said Captain Szabo. "It's an honor to be the wing point of contact; this is a very worthwhile undertaking to be associated with. This world is full of great people who want to help out; sometimes they just don't know how. If I can go out and help facilitate that, I know I've done my job."

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