’Tis the season to give and get back: Exchange shoppers can support military relief programs Dec. 6-10

by Satsuki Iwasawa
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

MISAWA AFB – While shopping for holiday gifts for loved ones, Misawa Exchange customers can give a different kind of present: support for service members in need.

From Dec. 6 through 10, during the third and final Give and Get Back donation period of the year, Misawa Exchange shoppers can donate to Army Emergency Relief (AER) or the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) and receive a coupon for Exchange savings. For every $5 donated, shoppers receive an Exchange coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase.

“Army Emergency Relief and the Air Force Assistance Fund do extraordinary work for Soldiers, Airmen and their families,” said Army & Air Force Exchange Service Director/CEO Tom Shull. “The Exchange is deeply honored to join with them to help the military community grow stronger.”

AER and AFAF provide emergency assistance, sponsor educational initiatives and offer community programs that make life better for service members and their families.

“We all know it’s better to give than to receive; that’s the true spirit of the holiday season,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John D. Hopper Jr., CEO of the Air Force Aid Society, one of four charities that benefit from the AFAF. “Please think of service members who may be faced with a financial difficulty or deployed away from their families. Supporting the Give and Get Back campaign at your Exchange is a great way to thank our military families for their sacrifices.”

This is the third year that the Exchange has partnered with AER and AFAF to host Give and Get Back campaigns. Since the inception of the campaigns, Exchange shoppers have donated more than $755,000 to the relief funds.

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