SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --
Team Seymour will launch the 2017 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, March 6, in hopes to raise more than $60,000 by April 14.
The AFAF is an Air Force-wide campaign that generates donations for four different charities: Air Force Villages, Air Force Enlisted Villages, The General and Mrs. Curtis E. Lemay Foundation and the Air Force Aid Society.
“In 2016, $191,460 in grants and loans came from the Air Force Aid Society to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base alone,” said 2nd Lt. Kevin Love, 4th Contracting Squadron contract administrator.
Love added that in 2016, the money raised at Seymour Johnson AFB helped 236 Airmen in need at the base.
The loans and grants given to Airmen can be used for a multitude of situations such as help with moving, basic living expenses, medical and emergency expenses. Airmen that need assistance should reach out to their 1st Sgt. or the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
AFAS supported this installation's Airmen and their families through emergency assistance loans and grants, community programs offered at no cost, education program grants and interest-free loans .
To kick off the campaign, a 5K Fun Run is slated to take place March 7 at 8 a.m. at the parking lot between the Fitness Center and Dog Park. Contributions will be accepted at the event.
“Each contribution, no matter how small, directly affects the Airmen,” said Master Sgt. Avita Jackson, 4th Security Forces Squadron bravo flight chief. “Airmen can fall into situations where help is necessary and by contributing, they’re being a true wingman. Airmen’s donations are helping each other now and are helping themselves down the road.”
For more information about donating, visit www.afassistancefund.org or call 919-722-7145 or 919-722-3317.