Meeting the needs of Soldiers does not end with the issuance of a uniform, boots and gear. It is a continued process if the service member finds him or herself in need of furniture, household goods, clothing or baby items.

Airborne Attic, located in Building 7006-A, at the corner of Letterman and Ord streets, provides those items for Soldiers and Family members, ranked specialist/corporal and below. Additionally, Soldiers ranked sergeant and above are allowed to use the attic in emergency cases, pending prior approval from the relocation readiness manager.

It seems beneficial for Soldiers to know that they have such a support system in place.

“This is good for the new Soldiers who are newly married or just starting out,” said Cynthia Smith, Airborne Attic’s social services assistant. “It helps them if they don’t have any household goods.”

Additionally, Soldiers who use the Airborne Attic may be able to maintain financial readiness by avoiding spending money on items they would need to maintain their household.

“It helps them not get into any debt,” Smith explained.

The attic, according to its website, operates completely from donations. Soldiers, Family members, businesses, organizations and the local community are allowed to donate clean, usable items to the attic. Once the items have been obtained, they will be inventoried and organized for distribution directly to Soldiers and Family members in need of assistance.

The most needed items include kitchen items such as dishes, pots and pans, and other miscellaneous household goods, as well as furniture and infant items, said Smith. Typically, infant items comprise clothing for newborns to ages 18 months, she explained.

Per its website, the Airborne Attic schedules pick-up of large item donations both on- and off-post each first Thursday. Call 907-2842 to schedule pick-up or drop the items off on location. The facility is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but closes each second Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to noon for staff meeting. It is closed on federal holidays and on weekends.

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