Andersen's Airman's Attic assists military members, families
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The Airman's Attic here is a program that provides free clothing, electronics and other household items to members of the Andersen Air Force Base community, staying true to its motto of "Supporting our heroes and nourishing our families."
This quality-of-life program was established to assist military people and their families, free of charge, especially junior-ranking enlisted military members.
The Airman's Attic is located at 1558 Bamboo Lane in military family housing. Just a few items that can be found at the Airman's Attic include small appliances, furniture, baby items, military and school uniforms, and more.
The Airman's Attic is open on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is closed for all federal holidays and Pacific Air Forces family days.
"We are very into reducing, reusing and recycling and do a lot of that at the Airman's Attic," said Jadine Lujan, 36th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center volunteer coordinator and Airman's Attic manager. "Something not needed by one family can greatly benefit another family. Not only does this save people money, it creates less waste and helps people get rid of the things they no longer need, without wasting the potential of the items."
The Airman's Attic is open to active duty members, guardsmen and reservists in pay grades E-1 to E-5 on Wednesdays, and all service members, enlisted or officer, on Fridays. Military retirees may shop on the last Friday of each month when the Airman's Attic celebrates All Ranks and Retirees Day.
The Airman's Attic also maintains a wish list for items customers want but are not currently in stock. Volunteers also put together a weekly raffle of high-value items such as exercise equipment, home theater systems, name- brand purses, game consoles, toy sets and more.
The Airman's Attic accepts any donations provided such as couches, television sets, clothes, and books -- anything people want to get rid of, but is still in good condition.
"Donations really go a long way and we use everything that we can," Lujan said. "Items that don't make it on our shelves are usually boxed up and donated to people in need in our local community. We also believe in helping our neighbors in the Pacific."
Volunteers are essential to keeping the Airman's Attic running. This program offers members of Team Andersen the opportunity to help people on base and in the surrounding community.
"We have a great group of people who volunteer whenever they can but we are always looking for more helping hands," said Lauryn Blas, Airman's Attic volunteer. "We appreciate any and all help, from donations to help with sorting the donations that we do receive; every little bit makes a difference."
Donations can be dropped off at any time in the Airman's Attic carport. Anyone requiring a donation receipt must drop off donations during regular hours on Wednesdays and Fridays.
For more information on the Airman's Attic, call 366-8136.