SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — The 2012 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicked off March 26 and will run through May 4.
Four major charities receive contributions from the AFAF: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages, Air Force Enlisted Villages and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.
These charitable affiliates all support the AF family and rely largely on volunteer contributions.
“This base is nothing without our Airmen,” said Col. Don Godier, 20th Fighter Wing vice commander. “This is our chance to give back and support our own.”
Godier recalled a story of an Airman at one of his previous bases who gave $3,000 because the AFAF had once helped him in a time of need.
“The AFAF meaning changed for me that day,” Godier said.
Rogers Gardner, 20th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness director, stressed the importance of the AFAF to the AFRC, and the need for leadership to get the word out about it.
“A lot of young Airmen are completely unaware of the programs that are offered to them through this,” said Gardner.
Last year $9 million was given in emergency assistance, $6.5 million given for education assistance, $2.2 million given for community programs and more than 40,000 people were helped, he added.