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European commands are well on their way to surpassing charitable-contribution goals in this year’s Combined Federal Campaign drive, while those in the Middle East and in South Korea have a little more time to tap procrastinators.

“Europe seems to be doing well,” said Edward Willett, executive director of the Combined Federal Campaign-Europe. “Almost all commands are ahead of where they were this time last year.”

Soliciting in Europe ended Nov. 30. But pledge cards continue to trickle in after the end of the soliciting portion of the campaign, and officials won’t have an official tally of all donations and collections until roughly the end of January, Willett said.

The 2007 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas solicits donations on behalf of roughly 2,000 approved charities, and the annual campaign usually runs in October and November. Last year, it raised more than $15 million. According to the organization’s Web site, the campaign began in the 1960s to coordinate solicitation of federal employees at the workplace.

This year, the CFC-Overseas has set the bar at $16 million, and as of Tuesday, had reached $13.7 million, according to the Web site.

Campaign workers serving troops in the Middle East have an extension until Dec. 28 to solicit, while those in South Korea have until Dec. 15.

With troops busy in those areas, CFC officials granted the extensions to ensure workers reach as many of them as possible, Willett said. Workers cannot advertise or solicit for donations once the official deadline hits.

Solicitations for CENTCOM otherwise would have ended Friday. Soliciting for Pacific Command ended Nov. 30, but was extended for South Korea.

Not too many donors contributed by credit card this year, the first time that option has been available worldwide, Willett said. Of 86,264 contributors accounted for thus far, 830 as of Monday paid through their credit cards, and almost all of them opted for a one-time payment instead of allotments.


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