PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) began contributing to the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Oct. 1.
The CFC, a six-week fundraising drive, is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees.
CFC's purpose is to provide Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen an opportunity to donate to thousands of charities.
"This process was so easy," said Boatswain's Mate Seaman Matthew Michela of Canyon Country, Calif. and Truman's deck department. "The CFC packet has tons of options for charity. I figure my money is going to a good place no matter which one I choose. So I picked a random one and gave $20."
Sailors can donate to charitable organizations of their choice through payroll deductions, cash or check.
"The CFC has thousands of local, national and international charities for Sailors to donate to," said Lt. Brian Baker from Eldorado, Ohio and command CFC representative. "Because of Sailors' selfless donations, the charity organization is an amazing success."
Last year, the CFC raised $4,663,446 from military and federal personnel. This year, Truman's goal is 100 percent contact with Sailors and $84,000 in contributions, which is approximately $30 per Sailor.
"I started donating to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) last year," said Information Technician Specialist Seaman William Doxsee of Tallahassee, Fla. and Truman's combat systems department. "When I was younger, my family adopted a dog from the SPCA, so when I saw the opportunity to give back to the association, I jumped on it."
The CFC was created in the early 1960s by various charitable organizations, so service members would be solicited only once per year in their workplace and have the opportunity to make a contribution during that time.
Truman is undergoing a docked planned incremental availability (DPIA) to conduct maintenance and refurbish shipboard systems. Truman is scheduled to return to the fleet in the summer of 2012.
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