SCMFO’s primary mission continues to be to respond to the day-to-day requests for emergency assistance—including unexpected and un-budgeted financial challenges. During 2023 we provided more than $91,000 in Direct Assistance to military families. This financial assistance included paying for urgent car repairs, non-covered medical and dental expenses, purchasing air conditioners or air purifiers to help children with respiratory illnesses and for purchasing Commissary and MCX cards for food and gas. We have learned that the needs are endless for families at the pay grade of E6 and below who have a hard time making ends meet each month, let alone paying for unexpected, unbudgeted emergencies.
SCMFO’s claim to fame (especially on base) remains our annual Thanksgiving Meal giveaway providing 1,000 families turkeys and all the fixings they need for a great Thanksgiving dinner! These costs exceeded $44 per meal in 2023! In addition to Thanksgiving, SCMFO held or supported morale events targeting other needs of military families including the January Baby Shower for 45 expectant military moms and Month of the Military Child. We have also had Family Valentine’s Day, Family Luaus, Easter, Father’s Day and Back-to-School events - among others - in the recent past. Also, when SCMFO is approached by caring community groups with similar objectives, we do whatever we can to facilitate their projects (or ministries) to benefit the families we serve.