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2020 Combined Federal Campaign: Holidays offer another opportunity to give

A holiday graphic featuring the CFC "Be the Face of Change" theme adorned by holiday wreaths and tree ornaments featuring the faces of Hill's Airmen inside them.

The 2020 Combined Federal Campaign at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, runs Nov. 16, 2020, through Jan. 8, 2021. Campaign officials said the annual fundraiser is off to a strong start and they hope the holiday season will inspire more people to give. Visit mountainstatescfc.givecfc.org for more information. (U.S. Air Force graphic by David Perry)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The solicitation period is halfway over and 2020 Combined Federal Campaign organizers said the annual fundraiser is off to a strong start, but they hope the holiday season will inspire more people to give.

As of Dec. 9, Hill personnel have contributed more than $46,000 to participating charities this year. The CFC gives active-duty military personnel, federal civilians and federal retirees the ability to contribute to any one of thousands of eligible CFC charities.

Hill Air Force Base pledged $126,803 in 2019. This year, the goal of the campaign that runs Nov. 14 through Jan. 8 is to match or exceed last year’s pledges.

Capt. Amanda Byrd, Hill’s CFC co-chair, said she’s pleased with the hard work unit key workers and others are doing contacting people to let them know about the campaign.

“Our key workers are doing a fabulous job reaching out. Thank you for all your hard work,” Byrd said.

She said the goal is to have 100 percent contact across units by the end of the drive so “everyone has the opportunity to contribute if they would like.”

People can pledge to support eligible non-profit organizations with monetary donations and even volunteer hours through the online giving platform at mountainstatescfc.givecfc.org or through a paper pledge form they can get from their unit’s key worker.

Although the base's campaign formally ends Jan. 8, the CFC will continue to accept pledges through its online giving platform until Jan. 15.

“This year it is more important than ever to support our charities,” Byrd said. “The pandemic and natural disasters have created a financial toll on many families, including the loss of jobs or housing, and the death of loved ones.”

As people are getting gifts for family and friends this holiday season, it also presents them with an opportunity to make a contribution to their favorite cause.

“All donations are very much appreciated and welcomed. Donations of any size will help someone in need,” Byrd said.

For more information about the 2020 campaign, contact Byrd at amanda.k.byrd4.mil@mail.mil or visit the CFC’s online giving platform.