USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) raised almost a quarter of a million dollars for the aircraft carrier's 2010 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Oct. 15 - Nov. 15.
The deployed crew members exceeded their goal of $113,000 by over $100,000, contributing an impressive $214,803 during the campaign.
"I think there are many reasons people are donating this year," said Lt.j.g. Brian Fields, Truman's CFC coordinator. "During deployment, many Sailors and Marines saved a substantial amount of money. I think people took an honest look at what they were able to give and found an amount they felt comfortable donating."
The CFC began in the early 1960s as a means of providing service members and federal employees the opportunity to donate to more than 300,000 local and international charities.
"The basic idea of the CFC is to provide a one-stop shop for charities and organizations to solicit fundraising," said Fields. "The CFC takes all of the charitable organizations and puts them in a single campaign that can be organized by a command or office, making donations more employee-focused and cost-efficient."
The decision to donate to a particular organization is often a very personal one.
"I have been donating to the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society for the past 11 years because both of my grandfathers passed away from cancer and I had two uncles and an aunt pass away from heart disease," explained Personnel Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Hillary Porterie, Jr. "I want to help contribute to research finding a better way to fight cancer and heart disease because I know these diseases can be hereditary. I want to help end these diseases from threatening my family so anything I can do to help the research go faster is good."
Sailors and Marines on board Truman donated not only money; 19 departmental representatives and five command representatives set up booths on the mess decks with pledge forms and information for interested donors. Many crew members also raised money by volunteering for shipboard fundraisers, such as the Thanksgiving "Food Service Attendant-For-a-Day", which raised $1500 for the campaign.
"The 2010 CFC was a great team-effort," said Fields. "Every department exceeded their goals. Truman Sailors and Marines definitely rallied behind the cause, which made it one of the most successful campaigns I have ever seen."
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