Kadena Shoppers can support Army, Air Force Relief Programs at the Exchange

Kadena Shoppers can support Army, Air Force Relief Programs at the Exchange

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

Kadena Air Base, Okinawa – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving shoppers another chance to support Airmen and Soldiers in need during its second Give and Get Back donation period of the year.

Sept. 13 to 17, shoppers can donate to either Army Emergency Relief (AER) or the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) at the register at the Kadena Exchange. For every $5 donated, shoppers receive an Exchange coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase.

“We’re excited that we’re able to partner with the Exchange and align the September campaign with the Air Force’s birthday,” said retired Lt. Gen. John D. Hopper Jr., CEO of Air Force Aid Society, one of four charities that benefit from AFAF. “Our Airmen, like all of our service members, make countless sacrifices in their service to our country. Remember them while you’re shopping and pay it forward."

This is the third year that the Exchange has partnered with AER and AFAF to host the Give and Get Back campaign.

Since the Give and Get Back campaign began in 2017, Exchange shoppers have given more than $680,000 to the funds, which provide emergency assistance, sponsor educational initiatives and offer community programs that support the military community.

“The Exchange mission is to make the lives of Soldiers, Airmen and military families better,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull. “Supporting Army Emergency Relief and the Air Force Assistance Fund is a fantastic way to fulfill this mission.”

The Sept. 13 to 17 giving period is in honor of the Air Force’s 72nd birthday on Sept. 18. The third and final giving period will fall during the holiday shopping season, from Dec. 6 to 10.

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