AFAD's success due to widespread community support
It involves hundreds of volunteers, thousands of dollars in donations and the unwavering support of the local community to bring Air Force Appreciation Day together each September.
Impossible to organize? Nope.
It's a piece of cake. Just ask people like Randy Valley.
"I'd never seen any place in my career" that even comes close to what Mountain Home offers to those in uniform, the retired Air Force chief master sergeant said.
Over the past 12 years, Valley saw firsthand how the local community and nearby base extend offers of support to make the celebration of the military run smoothly. Whether it's asking for help printing up advertising posters and raffle tickets or requesting prizes for the yearly raffle drawing, the local community always responds with a resounding "yes."
"It's by far the easiest," he added, regarding people's willingness to help. "I've actually had people call me each year saying, 'We want to help with AFAD'."
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