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Even though the official end of U.S. European Command’s Combined Federal Campaign has come, procrastinators still can donate for two more weeks.

The nine-week, 2005 CFC-Overseas campaign, which started in October and raises money for a variety of charitable organizations, is on track to surpass the millions of dollars raised last year, said Greg Sassman, director of CFC-Overseas.

Campaigning for Pacific Command, Central Command and Southern Command continues until Dec. 15.

When campaigning in Europe ended Friday, the EUCOM coffers had about $500,000 more than what campaign donors contributed at this time last year, Sassman said.

“As of Friday, Europe had raised a little more than $5.7 million,” he said. “But we won’t have a final count until the 19th of December.”

The final 2004 tally of contributions came in at $6.8 million.

“We’re projecting to meet or exceed that final number,” Sassman said.

That will be accomplished with fewer potential donors, he said. This year, CFC-Overseas had a pool of about 100,000 active-duty personnel and Defense Department civilians, down from last year’s potential donor list of 114,000 “because of deployments and such,” Sassman said.

Donors can select to have contributions go to more than 1,700 national and international charitable and humanitarian organizations.

Last year, some of the top-earning charities included community health charities, health and medical research charities, Christian service charities, military veteran and patriotic service organizations, and children’s charities, Sassman said.

More information and the approved charity list are posted on the CFC-Overseas Web site:


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