Story by MCSN Carla Ocampo
Photo by MC3 Kenneth Abbate

Sailors aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) have donated more than $20,000 to the 2011 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as of Oct. 24.

CFC is the only authorized solicitation of federal employees. It is a six-week fundraising drive that allows federal employees to donate to a charity of their choice.

“I think it’s important to donate whenever and whatever you can to any charity, because at some point you or others you know may be in a time of need and the organization such as the ones within CFC will be there to help,” said Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic (AW/SW) James Beattie.

With more than 2,000 charities to choose from, Sailors can find the charity that’s right for them.

“I’ve donated to the American Breast Cancer Association and I plan to donate again this year,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW/AW) Brenda Chavez. “I do it because I know people that have been affected by it.”

Whether it’s because of personal experience or because it’s something Sailors believe in, their contributions helped CFC raise $4,663,446 last year and Stennis hopes to increase their contributions this year.

“It being CFC’s 50th Anniversary this year the John C. Stennis and its strike group set a goal for $100,000,” said Beattie. “We have only been soliciting for five days and have already raised a fifth of our goal.”

Sailors who want to donate directly to the CFC can fill out a contribution form from their departmental CFC representative to give cash, check, or directly from payroll.

“To help reach our goal we are expecting 100 percent contact with Sailors and we are currently working on ideas for fundraisers,” said Beattie. “I encourage Sailors to give what they can.”

Whether it’s participating in community relation projects, blood drives or simply serving their country, Sailors are always giving back and CFC is just another way Sailors can make a positive impact on communities both nationally and internationally.