Fort Bragg Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) donated $4,000 in $50 gift cards to USO of the NC Sandhills Tuesday at South Post Commissary (SPC).

The monetary gift will be used to help military Families in need, according to Renee Lane, USO Sandhills director.

“We often have Families who are in crisis or are in need,” Lane said. “We will be supporting them with gift cards so they can put food on the table and share a meal as a Family during the holidays.”

With the help of Fort Bragg chaplains, Lane said the USO will see who has the greatest need of financial help and decide from there how these donations can benefit the Families. The USO will work with as many people who reach out to them, which includes Family Readiness Groups, different command groups and other Fort Bragg organizations.

“This helps us a great deal in closing the gap on hunger and connecting Families with family, home and country,” she said. “It certainly does all of us well knowing that not only will we be helping our local military Families, but they will be here at the commissary turning those cards in for much more food they can buy on the outside.”

It’s important for SPC to work as a team to give back to the installation, especially after a hurricane and approaching the holiday season, according to Paula Lewis, SPC commissary officer.

“We are here to support our troops,” Lewis said.

According to Maureen McCarthy, SPC store manager, the donation was made possible by Crisco Cares Program, an Overseas Service Corporation (OSC) initiative designed to help DeCA around the world aid military families.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity for outreach and help so many military Families,” McCarthy said.