Despite cooler fall weather, things continue to heat up for this year's Combined Federal Campaign on Fort Jackson. Service members, civilians and retirees can show their support for local communities and international charities through the campaign, which officially kicked off Nov. 1.

According to an Office of Personnel Management press release, this charitable campaign has generated more than $93 million in donations and 56,000 volunteer hours in 2018. This year's campaign theme, "Show Some Love," highlights the causes donors care most about in its 58-year history.

"CFC has raised billions of dollars for eligible charities over its long and proud history," said OPM Acting Director Margret Weichert. "Every year the federal workforce, military and retirees show off their tremendous hearts for the causes that they believe in."

Donating to a charity through the campaign is easier than ever since the launch of the CFC website. There, donors can find a full list of over 7,000 individual charities and begin the process of digital donations whether it be a one-time or reoccurring donation. For those who have little or no internet access, the paper version of the donation form and charity information booklet are still available from local CFC representatives.

There are a few changes this year to include methods of donations and expansion of charities to donate to.

"There are no cash or check donations available this year," said Capt. Victoria Wilson, Fort Jackson campaign coordinator. "You can also call your local charity and ask for their charity code and contribute to those organizations even if they are not listed in the booklet or on the CFC website."

In 2018 Fort Jackson alone raised $65,000 for local and international charities. This year, Brig. Gen. Milford "Beags" Beagle Jr., U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson commander, has issued a challenge to Soldiers, civilians, retirees and trainees to exceed the previous year's donations by $50,000.

"As the philosopher John Bunyan once stated, 'You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.' This is Fort Jackson's way of 'living' today," Beagle said. "Victory ... starts here."

While the campaign officially kicked off on the first of the month, the campaign will not close until Jan. 12, 2020. All donations are tax deductible, but those who wish to make a deduction on their annual taxes will need to speak to a tax expert regarding any tax related questions.

"I'm reaching out to the charities that help my local community, the community from where I am from" Wilson said. "That's why I contribute."

For more information about charities or to begin processing a donation, visit the CFC webpage at cfcgiving.org/welcome or contact your local CFC representative.