DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. - One by one, Detroit Arsenal teammates stepped up to the plate, opened their hearts and their pockets and helped the less fortunate through the Combined Federal Campaign.

The CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 300 campaigns throughout the country and internationally to help to raise millions of dollars each year, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

In these challenging economic times, arsenal employees exceeded the donation goal by raising a total of $375,348 - a two percent increase from the 2008 goal.

Stacey Bell, CFC chairperson, was thrilled by the generosity of employees here. "This is a fabulous Christmas present," said Bell. "All the canvassers really rallied together and went out and promoted CFC and its cause. Our teammates responded by pulling together with donations."

The theme for the 2009 campaign was "iCan - Now More Than Ever". It signifies that as individuals, we can make a difference; and there is no better time than the present to share our gifts with our community and our world.

Local, national and international charities benefit from the federal community's support of the program. Employees are afforded the opportunity to select from a plethora of charities in order to designate which organization receives their pledge.

In Southeastern Michigan, CFC had less than eight percent administrative costs in 2008, so every dollar pledged by USAG Detroit Arsenal goes a long way toward helping others, according to CFC authorities, who added that "Detroit Arsenal teammates who pledged to improve our community and our country are our everyday heroes who are making a world of difference."