Fort Bragg paused to say thank you to contributors who have donated to the United Service Organizations of North Carolina at Fort Bragg in a ceremony Oct. 29, at the USO center.

Contributors were presented certificates of appreciation by Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commander of XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, said Beverly Jackson, assistant director, USO of N.C., Fort Bragg Center.

John Falkenbury, USO of N.C. president, also presented the group with vintage commemorative USO posters.

The contributors range from McDonalds and Kangaroo Express, suppliers of coffee and snacks to servicemembers; to Lenovo, a supplier of computer access.

Some of the other contributors include BJ’s Wholesale Club, Wal-Mart and Purolator.

“General Anderson realized that it takes partners in the business community to help us sustain operations and to develop vital programs that help us to address the missions that support Soldiers and their Families,” said Falkenbury.

“For General Anderson to recognize that the USO of N.C. has the support of the community and is the conduit for the community to be able to support troops and their Families is wonderful,” added Jackson.

According to its website, the USO of N.C. was founded in 1941 to support military servicemembers in the state. A non-profit organization, it serves an average of 650,000 troops each year, and is wholly reliant on corporate gifts and sponsorships, funding from private grants, donations and fundraisers.

Some of the services provided by the USO include computer access/Wi-Fi and food service, as well as deployment and homecoming support.

USO of N.C. at Fort Bragg is located in Building 4-2843 Normandy Drive (Soldier Support Center, first floor, Wing L).

To donate, visit http://uso-nc.org/donate-now/.

Donations can also be made through the Combined Federal Campaign with #29349.

For more information about the USO of N.C. at Fort Bragg, visit http://uso-nc.org/our-centers/fort-bragg-center/.