After record nearly $1M in donations to AFAF, exchange shoppers continue to help Airmen in need

After record nearly $1M in donations to AFAF, exchange shoppers continue to help Airmen in need

by Vincent Lesesne
AAFES Yokota Exchange

Yokota Air Base – The Yokota Exchange is family serving family—and Airmen can help their wingmen in need by donating to the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) at Exchange facility registers.

In 2020, Exchanges worldwide donated nearly $1 million to AFAF, an increase of almost 1,000% over 2019 donations. Beginning last year, Exchange shoppers were able to donate to the organization at checkout year-round. The record donations were critical in seeing Airmen and families through tough times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Exchange is grateful to our shoppers for supporting the Air Force Assistance Fund, which does incredible work for our Airmen, Guardians and their families,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull. “As the need increased, so did our shoppers’ generosity.”

The Exchange has partnered with AFAF since 2017. AFAF provides emergency assistance, sponsors educational programs and offers community programs that make life better for Airmen and their families.

“The response from Exchange shoppers has been tremendous,” said retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, CEO of the Air Force Aid Society, one of four charities that benefits from AFAF. “Our partnership continues to improve the lives of Airmen, Guardians and their families.”

Yokota Exchange shoppers can make their donation while checking out at the Exchange facilities in increments of $1, $5 and $10 or can enter in a custom amount. Online shoppers can donate in $5 increments during checkout at ShopMyExchange.

“Exchange shoppers’ generosity was the helping hand many Air Force families needed this past year, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Yokota Exchange General Manager Julia Woods. “The Exchange is honored to continue our partnership with the Air Force Assistance Fund and support the wonderful work they do.”

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