Boxer Sailors give back through CFC donations
Story by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman (SW) Veronica Mammina, Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Public Affairs 
USS Boxer, At Sea – Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 2013 began its annual drive, Sep. 25, giving Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) the option to make contributions to a variety of charitable organizations.

The CFC is a government-sponsored fundraiser that offers to each federal employee a once a year, in-the-workplace opportunity to contribute to approximately 2,000 charitable agencies. The money is distributed to the charitable agencies that donors designate to receive their contributions.

“Seeing Sailors donate to all of these different organizations during deployment and while busy out to sea is great,” said Lt. j.g. Gaylan Greenawalt, one of Boxer’s CFC coordinators. “We’re sending a bigger message by not only fighting for our country, but providing financial help to those who really need it to survive.”

Sailors may donate to the organizations of their choice online either as a one-time donation or set up a monthly allotment through MyPay for one year where the money is automatically deducted out of their monthly paycheck.

“Just a small contribution can really make a difference in someone’s life,” said Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/IDW/EXW/AW) Wyatt Simpson, one of Boxer’s CFC coordinators. “There are so many local and international organizations for Sailors to choose from.”

For some Sailors, it’s not just about making a monetary donation.

“There are a lot of families out there who do not have any money to pay off their children’s’ medical bills so to know that I can help those families makes me feel like my contribution is really affecting their lives,” said Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Lacey Powell.

Last year, Boxer raised $33,901 for the CFC drive. This year’s goal is to raise $50,000.

The fundraiser aboard Boxer ends Dec. 5.
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