A charity campaign has kicked off again this year for federal workers who live overseas including military servicemembers.

The 2007 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas represents a collection of approved charities. Last year, it raised more than $15 million.

“Many of you have seen those in need firsthand and understand the hardships some must endure,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates, chairman for the 2007 campaign, said in a letter to the military community. “The CFC-O affords you the opportunity to help people in need through programs that will truly make a world of difference.”

Any nationally or internationally qualified charity recognized by the Internal Revenue Service may apply for inclusion in the CFC-O, according to the campaign’s Web site. About 2,000 are registered with the campaign, which runs until Nov. 30.

The Office of Personnel Management approves the charities in the catalog. They cover a vast array of concerns from the arts to animal rights to youth to legal aid.

Commands usually appoint people to give potential donors lists of the charities and their operational costs.

For more information on the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas, visit the Web site at

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