CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) officially kicked off the 2008 Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) fund drive March 3.
The Navywide campaign is designed to raise money each year to help Sailors and Marines, as well as their family members, with financial assistance and scholarship programs.
Lt. Colleen Kosloski, Ronald Reagan's 2008 NMCRS fund drive chairperson explained crew members donated a total of $118,071 to NMCRS in 2007 and received $268,282 in assistance last year.
Kosloski said the ship has set a new goal this year.
"Our goal this year is to raise $205,000 in an effort to top the record-breaking $201,000 raised by Ronald Reagan in 2006," said Kosloski.
Kosloski also stressed the importance of supporting the campaign.
"It's a worthy cause that has benefited many [Ronald] Reagan Sailors and we would like to raise enough money to ensure our Sailors will continue to receive the assistance they need when emergencies arise," said Kosloski.
Many Ronald Reagan Sailors have used NMCRS in the past and are using their personal stories to help raise the awareness of the crew on how the organization helps others.
"NMCRS helped me with a $1,100 loan to get repairs on my family vehicle," said Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrian Melendez. "It was easy, I just called them up, they scheduled an appointment for me to come in, and I had a check for $1,100 the next day."
Donations for the NMCRS fund drive will be accepted on board Ronald Reagan from March 3 through April 30. Each department has been assigned a fundraising coordinator and Sailors are encouraged to contact that person to make a donation.
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