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The Fort Stewart Consolidated Exchange is family serving family—and Soldiers can help their battle buddies in need by donating to Army Emergency Relief at the Post Exchange register.

Exchange shoppers help Soldiers in need through AER donations

The Fort Stewart Consolidated Exchange is family serving family—and Soldiers can help their battle buddies in need by donating to Army Emergency Relief at the Post Exchange 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 and 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 LTG (R) Raymond V. Mason, AER director. “Shoppers’ donations have made it possible for AER to help even more members of the Army Family.”

Fort Stewart Consolidated Exchange shoppers can make 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 Fort Stewart Consolidated Exchange General Manager Hollie Morales. “The Exchange is honored to continue our partnership with Army Emergency Relief and support the won­derful work they do.”