AAFES Press Release


GRAFENWOEHR, Germany – The Grafenwoehr Exchange is family serving family, and Soldiers can help their battle buddies in need by donating to Army Emergency Relief at the PX register.


In 2020, Exchanges worldwide donated nearly $1.5 million to AER, an increase of more than 1,000% over 2019 donations. Beginning last year, PX shoppers were able to donate to the organization at checkout year-round. The record donations were critical in seeing Soldiers and families through tough times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


“The Exchange is grateful to our shoppers for supporting Army Emergency Relief, which does incredible work for our Soldiers and their families,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, an Army Veteran. “As the need increased, so did our shoppers’ generosity.”


The Exchange has partnered with AER since 2017. AER provides financial assistance, sponsors educational scholarship grants for military family members and offers community programs that make life better for Soldiers and their families.


“Since 2020, the Exchange has been one of the top donors to AER, helping to support Soldiers facing challenging times,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, director of AER. “Shoppers’ donations have made it possible for AER to help even more members of the Army family.”


During 2020, Grafenwoehr Exchange shoppers donated nearly $31,000 to AER using the “Click & Pick” option at checkout.


USAG Bavaria Exchange shoppers can continue making their donation while checking out at the PX in increments of $1, $5 and $10 or can enter in a custom amount. Online shoppers can donate in $5 increments during checkout at ShopMyExchange.com.


“Exchange shoppers’ generosity was the helping hand many Army families needed this past year, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Litch, marketing manager of Grafenwoehr Exchange. “The Exchange is honored to continue our partnership with Army Emergency Relief and support the wonderful work they do.”


The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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