Exchange shoppers continue to support the Air Force Assistance Fund with $700,000 donated in 2021

Exchange shoppers continue to support the Air Force Assistance Fund with $700,000 donated in 2021

by Vincent Lesesne
Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

Yokota Air Base – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can lend a helping hand to Airmen, Guardians and families in need by donating to the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) at checkout next time they shop the Yokota Exchange.

In 2021, Exchange shoppers worldwide donated more than $700,000 to AFAF.

With the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many members of the military community in 2021, AFAF’s mission remained crucial in supporting Airmen and Guardians facing difficult circumstances.

“The last few years have tested us all,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull. “The Exchange family understands selfless sacrifice and knows when to pitch in. The Exchange is honored to partner with the Air Force Assistance Fund, giving shoppers an opportunity to help their military family in need.”

Since the Exchange partnered with AFAF in 2017, shoppers worldwide have donated nearly $2 million to the relief fund, which provides financial assistance, supports educational needs and offers community programs to make life better for Airmen, Guardians, retirees and their families. The relief organization has also supported Warfighters and their families through the pandemic.

“Exchange shoppers’ donations have been critical in helping carry out the AFAF mission,” 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. “We’re grateful for our continued partnership with the Exchange to make the Air Force family stronger.”

Yokota Exchange shoppers can donate in increments of $1, $5 and $10 or enter in a custom amount at the register.

“When their military family is in need, Exchange shoppers continue to answer the call,” said Yokota Exchange General Manager Julia Woods. “The Exchange is honored to partner with AFAF and support its incredible mission.”

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