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NEWS | Feb. 21, 2007

ONE FOR ALL: Air Force Assistance Fund focuses on Airman, families

By Staff Sgt. Beth Del Vecchio 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

The Randolph Air Force Assistance Fund campaign, "One for All," kicks off Thursday and will run through April 13. 

The annual campaign, which runs in conjunction with the Air Force-wide AFAF campaign, gives members the opportunity to contribute to one or more of four different charities.
 
The charities, which include the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Enlisted Villages Indigent Widows' Fund, Air Force Indigent Widows' Fund, and The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, support Air Force active duty, Reserve and Guard members and retirees. Each charity receives 100 percent of designated contributions. 

Maj. Matt Liljenstolpe, base AFAF program manager, explained that this year's theme of "One for All" signifies the spirit of giving. 

"One compassionate Airman, giving of his or herself, can make a significant difference to many in need," the major said. "The AFAF gives each of us the chance to make a difference." 

Last year Randolph's AFAF campaign raised more than $162,000. This year, the Team Randolph goal is higher because the expenses of the four AFAF charities have risen due to an increase in demand for their services, Major Liljenstolpe said. 

Members can contribute to AFAF through a cash donation, check or money order. All donations are tax deductible.
 
"One of the most meaningful things you can give to people in need is your time, but if you do not have extra time to give, you can give what your hour of time is worth," Major Liljenstolpe said. "Giving just one hour's wage per month is simple, affordable and benefits all in need. You can figure out your approximate hourly wage by dividing your monthly income by 137.
 
"If giving one hour's wage is too much, then give the cost of just one fast food value meal or one coffee per month," he said. "Just one small contribution from each of us can make a world of difference to those who serve now and to those who have served before." 

Starting March 1, AFAF unit project officers will contact members for the chance to contribute. For those who do not know their unit project officer, call Major Liljenstolpe at 652-7110. 

For more information on the AFAF charities, visit www.afassistancefund.org.