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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Servicemembers and civilian employees of Marine Forces Japan showed they were in true holiday spirit this year as they surpassed their Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas goal by more than 28 percent.

The goal for this year’s drive was a tad more than $625,000, but it was easily reached as donors throughout the Pacific gave heartily, helping the drive net more than $800,000, Capt. John Y. DeLateur, Marine Forces Japan CFC-O project officer, said in a news release. The 2005 total also exceeded the 2004 donation total by more than $150,000.

“This was a very successful year,” DeLateur said in the news release. “The campaign has always been well supported.”

The CFC drive provides all federal employees the opportunity to give to an eligible charity of their choice by either one-time donation or allotment. There are more than 1,700 charitable organizations eligible for donation, according to DeLateur.

While not all participate in the fund drive, DeLateur said 100 percent of personnel in Marine Forces Pacific were contacted and had the opportunity to donate to the CFC. More than 46 percent donated, with the average individual donation running at $103.40, according to the news release. Of those who donated, 74 percent chose to do so through monthly allotment.

In addition to servicemembers and U.S. civilians donating, DeLateur said many Japanese Master Labor Contractors made cash donations.

He added that several younger Marines gave significantly. One young lance corporal gave more than $1,400 to an organization from which he’d received help, while another lance corporal divided $1,500 among four charities.

“We had a few contributors donate over $2,400, and one individual wrote a check for $1,000,” DeLateur said in the news release. He added that 70 percent of members of 3rd Marine Logistics Group made contributions.

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