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NMCRS campaign ends

By 2nd Lt. Joe Kyle Thomas | | May 13, 2010

Marines and sailors at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany raised funds for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society throughout the months of March and April, achieving their goal of 100 percent contact of service members on base.

The money that was raised here, will be added to the overall NMCRS pool where it will be used to provide financial assistance to active-duty service members, retirees and family members.

“We raised 400 percent more funds than expended on Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany active-duty service members for 2009,” said Capt. John R. Scholl, NMCRS coordinator. “We raised a total of $4,280.86. There was a push this year, not for Marines to give more, but for more Marines to give.”

Scholl also said, “population wise, each Marine on the base gave a little more than $10 each during the fund raising campaign.”

The fundraiser typically runs throughout the month of March; however, Scholl submitted a special request to have the fundraiser extended through the month of April, an extension that was needed due to the increase in need for financial assistance in the Marine Corps.

Each tenant command supported the effort by supplying one key person who helped in contacting all uniformed members of the base.

The NMCRS key persons for MCLB Albany included Gunnery Sgt. John W. Hassel III, Sgt. Eric Robertson, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Huey and Sgt. Edmond J. Evans.

The NMCRS key persons planned and executed all fundraiser events, Scholl said.

Although workplace solicitation is permitted with this particular fundraiser, those responsible for running the fundraiser can only solicit uniformed personnel, according Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5340.7., Active Duty Fund Drive in support of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

“The kick-off on March 22 was key in helping us achieve 100 percent contact,” Scholl said. “After that we had to use the command structure on the base to let all of the Marines and sailors know about barbecues and information on how to make an individual donation.”

In just the past four years, the society has provided nearly $3.5 million in outright grants to more than 2,500 Marines and sailors injured in operations overseas according to All Marine Message 006/10, 2010 Active Duty Fund Drive in support of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

The NMCRS primarily provides financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans, grants and financial counseling.

The organization also provides a visiting nurse program that assists with the medical needs of combat-wounded veterans and retirees as well as education benefits for those who are seeking higher education, according to the NMCRS Web site www.nmcrs.org.