Exchange shoppers can offer helping hands to those in need with relief fund donations

A self-checkout screen gives shoppers an options to donate to the Army and Air Force aid societies.

Marisa Conner | Army & Air Force Exchange Service HQ | Dec. 18, 2023

DALLAS – Military shoppers can give a helping hand to those in need by donating to military relief funds at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.

Shoppers can donate during checkout at Exchange stores or to support Army Emergency Relief or the Air Force Assistance Fund. Shoppers can also donate to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at select Exchange operations in the Pacific Region.

“As we’re doing last-minute shopping and preparing to celebrate with our loved ones, the holidays are an important time to remember those who may be struggling,” said Tom Shull, Exchange Director/CEO and an Army veteran. “Exchange shoppers have always been so generous in supporting these important relief organizations that provide needed assistance to their battle buddies, wingmen and teammates.”

The Exchange first partnered with AER and AFAF in 2017 and began partnering with NMCRS earlier this year. In total, Exchange shoppers have given more than $8.5 million to the relief funds, providing critical assistance to service members, military families and retirees.

Shoppers can donate at Exchange registers, including at self-checkout kiosks. Online shoppers receive a prompt with a donation option when placing orders at

The funds provide financial assistance, support community programs and sponsor educational scholarship grants for military family members to make life better for service members and their families. To learn more about the Exchange’s support for the funds, visit

Exchange shoppers support AER, AFAF with $1.5M in 2022 donations
Exchange shoppers support AER, AFAF with $1.5M in 2022 donations

Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 54th-largest retailer in the United States. 100% of Exchange earnings support military communities. In the last 10 years, your Exchange benefit has provided $3.5 billion in earnings for critical military Quality-of-Life programs. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at

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