2013-11-22 / Spectrum

CFC nears end as needs reach a peak

Time is running out, both for people who need your help and for one of the ways you have to help them.

When Super Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Asian island nation, it left a swath of unprecedented destruction in its wake, and triggered an international relief effort that is only just beginning. By Nov. 16, the death toll from the typhoon had reached 3,637, with more than 12,000 injured and another 1,100 missing. According to the Philippines’ disaster response organization, about 3 million people had been displaced.

And just last Sunday, a series of tornadoes in the American Midwest has left dozens dead and injured and hundreds homeless.

But many more than the immediate victims have been affected. We’ve all been affected. It’s impossible to be unaffected once you’ve seen the images of the utter devastation left by these massive storms and the squalor, which our fellow human beings are now enduring life. They remain determined and hopeful, but they remain in desperate need of help, and lots of it.

And their helpers need help to help them.

Many of the international agencies supported by the CFC have begun mobilizing the massive relief effort that will be needed to sustain the people of the Philippines and our American heartland. But disasters of this magnitude quickly tap the resources of these agencies. Moreover, when the preponderance of humanitarian resources is focused on two disasters, these agencies’ ability to respond to new challenges elsewhere is compromised.

Enter the CFC.

Perhaps it’s kismet that, at the very time these agencies need help the most, a vehicle exists to get them they help they need. From worldwide relief organizations like the Red Cross to the smallest support agencies with a very narrow focus, they are all eligible for assistance from the CFC. And the CFC depends on your contrubution for its ability to assist anyone, anywhere.

Obviously, there are as many ways to target your CFC contribution as there are points on a map and points of view. Hundreds of organizations in 26 service categories are eligible to receive your CFC donation. You can feed the hungry, care for the sick, teach those without schools, or advance a policy issue through the CFC – the choice is up to you. And, of course, you can help make certain that relief workers have everything they need to help the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan and the latest Midwestern tornadoes.

But time is running out for this year’s campaign and the opportunity to get your donation quickly into the hands of people who need it. The CFC is scheduled to end on Nov. 29. Obviously, you can make a donation to anyone at any time, but your chance to join in with the rest of the Fort Gordon and CSRA communities to make a collective effort through the convenience of the CFC is approaching its end.

As a federal publication, it would be wrong for us to advocate for one type of giving over another. We’re not here to twist the screws and wring out donations. But we are here to bring you the facts.

The end of the CFC is approaching. People are in need. You can help them.

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