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CFC spotlights disaster relief

CFC charities provide shelter, food, clothing and comfort to disaster victims.

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is disaster relief, a category that has sadly increased in importance in the past decade.

The phrase “once-in-a-millennium” to describe a natural calamity — be it a hurricane, heat, flood or other peril — is becoming paradoxically common. Storms are intensifying, and the needs of survivors are great.

That’s where the campaign’s disaster relief charities come in, providing shelter, food, clothing and comfort to victims as well as helping fund groups that mitigate the threat.

The campaign, also known as the CFC, has highlighted five areas under the disaster relief heading: public safety, fire prevention, search and rescue, natural disasters and first responders.

A quick search on the website under the category Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Reliefwill turn up organizations from Alaska to Wyoming assisting such efforts here and abroad.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 15.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the first in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: education.