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Combined Federal Campaign kicks off

Col. Patrick J Cobb, 102nd Intelligence Wing Commander, fills out a Combined Federal Campaign form on Otis Air National Guard Base, Oct. 14, 2012. The CFC is a federal is a charity campaign to raise money for non-profit organizations. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jeremy Bowcock/Released)

Col. Patrick J Cobb, 102nd Intelligence Wing Commander, fills out a Combined Federal Campaign form on Otis Air National Guard Base, Oct. 14, 2012. The CFC is a federal is a charity campaign to raise money for non-profit organizations. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Jeremy Bowcock/Released)

OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. -- It's that time of year again when Airmen are encouraged to donate to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is a charity campaign to raise money for non-profit organizations providing health and human service benefits around the world. This year's theme is, "Give a little, help a lot."

While donations of $10 will allow members to wear civilian attire during the December and January Unit Training Assembly weekends, members are encouraged to donate based on personal convictions and the desire to help others.

"There are plenty of different ways for Airmen to give during the CFC period so just be aware and potentially open to give," Col. Patrick Cobb, 102nd Intelligence Wing commander, tells Airmen. "You never think that you may need one of these organizations. It's one of those things where you never know when you may be on the other end of the need."

Capt. Keven Dunn is this year's Wing Representative for the CFC Campaign. However, each Group has a representative who members can also approach to fill out the forms and give donations. Donations can be made by cash, check, or payroll deduction if active duty or technician, or online at www.riandsemacfc.org.

"Giving to a charity enables an individual to give back and to help out in a way that may seem small to the single member, but when you put all those small donations together, they actually make a big deal," said Dunn. "You might just see that it's one, two, or five dollars, whatever the individual can give. When it's all put together it makes a lot of difference."

The CFC has been around for the past 50 years. According to the CFC website, "The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all."

The campaign goal for the 102nd is $20,000 and members have until Dec. 31 to make their donations.