NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) whipped out their wallets and pocketbooks Oct. 23 to kick off this year's Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), slated to run until Dec. 1.
Patrons attached to "America's Favorite Aircraft Carrier" contributed up to $74,000 in past CFC drives.
This year's campaign theme is "Every One of Us Can Be the Miracle."
Command and departmental CFC representatives will hit the passageways to touch base with each and every member of the "Gold Eagle" family. Shooting for a goal of 100 percent crew contact, rather than simply trying to acquire large donations, was one of the key reasons that past CFC programs set record numbers and why this year should be no different.
"We hope to eclipse last year's numbers by at least 5 percent," said CFC Command Coordinator Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) David Sidney. "To achieve this, we are coming up with new and innovative ways to help raise money for the community."
Although thousands of people across the globe benefit from the CFC's fundraising, some of the rewards hit closer to home than many may have thought.
"I think donating is a great idea," said Air Traffic Controller 3rd Class Darren Johnson, a Vinson Sailor who contributes to two national charities. "My grandpa has Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, so it's my way of helping him, and those like him. It kind of gives me more hope that one day diseases like his won't force people to suffer forever."
Federal workers in the 1960s developed this unique charitable campaign to allow members of the uniformed services and federal workers the opportunity to donate to any of more than 1,800 international, national, and local charities. Donations can be collected through either a monthly allotment lasting one or two years, taken directly from a participant's wages, or a lump sum payable by cash or check.
Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
During RCOH Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.
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