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WACOM donates $16K to Navy Marine Corps Relief Society

Women’s Auxiliary of the Commissioned Officer’s Mess(WACOM) Cindy Riggs Deem            WACOM Parliamentarian/Publicity & social media– The WACOM members gathered at the California Welcome Center on China Lake Blvd., for their semi-annual Distribution of Funds Luncheon last Tuesday, November 8.

The WACOM Thrift Shop volunteers continues to give 51% of the donations they receive to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. WACOM presented Sonya Akintonde, Director of Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Ventura Site, with a semi-annual check for $16,320. /Courtesy Photo

WACOM operates the Thrift Shop at NAWS China Lake and the profits are distributed semi-annually to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and other community organizations.

WACOM was honored to present Sonya Akintonde, Director of Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Ventura Site, with a semi-annual check in the amount of $16,320.  

In addition to the NMCRS, the following organizations received funds to aid in their work that profits our community: Burroughs Music Boosters, Burroughs Boys Varsity Basketball, China Lake Museum Foundation, Community in Action Partnership of Kern County, Friends of the Ridgecrest Library, Hi Desert Quilt Guild, Hospital Corpsman Association, Marine Aviation Detachment, NAWS China Lake Religious Military Team, NAWS China Lake Officers Club, Ridgecrest Military Banners Program, Rotary Club of Indian Wells Valley, The Salvation Army-Ridgecrest, and USNSCC Sidewinder Squadron.

Because of so many generous donations and faithful volunteers, the WACOM Thrift Shop was able to bring in $32,000 over the last six months. WACOM continues to give 51% to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and 39% to non-profit organizations in our community while retaining only 10% for operational expenses.

Distribution to non-profit organizations is decided through an application process and the membership votes on who will receive funds. You can find the application on our Facebook page “WACOM Thrift Shop.”