3: SoCal

Christina Gilman

Christina Gilman

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Department/Agency

United States Marine Corps

Profile

Marine, Mother, Wife, Student, Changemaker

What is the charitable cause you are most passionate about and why?

The Wounded Warrior Project Foundation 11425. I was blessed and honored this past September to attend the funerals of 6 out of the 13 service members KIA in Kabul Afghanistan. I went to Laredo Texas for LCpl David L. Espinoza to Lawrence Massachusetts for Sgt Johanny RosarioPichardo to St Louis Missouri for LCpl Jared M. Smitz to Omaha Nebraska for Cpl Daegan W. Page to Sacramento California for Sgt Nicole L. Gee, and finally to Arlington National Cemetery to lay SSgt Darin T. Hoover to rest. My time during this week enabled me to pay my final respects and be there for the fallens families. I started a campaign for the Wounded Warrior Project Foundation and hosted a fundraiser in memory of those killed and also for the service members who survived and were in critical condition. My goal is to raise 10,000 and I have completed 1,000$ of that and have also hosted a 5K through the WWP Foundation annual virtual 5K marathon up to the crosses in Camp Horno to lay photos and flags for the fallen.

Why do you give through the CFC?

I give because I have been blessed and extremely fortunate in my life. I believe in pushing out good deeds in this world for those less fortunate and this in a way creates a balance for humanity where we are all blessed through acts of service or even miracles.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

The contributions towards my cause help to ensure that those wounded warriors and their families are helped through the darkest time and a light is shown onto them. Through treatments and resources funded by donations to the Wounded Warrior Project Foundation this ensures future warriors are helped.

Sgt Christina M Gilman

Sgt Christina M Gilman

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Department/Agency

United States Marine Corps

Profile

Marine, Mom, Wife, advocate, changemaker

What is the charitable cause you are most passionate about and why?

Naval Relief Society. I utilized this organization in Okinawa Japan in 2017. I was 25 years, pregnant and was unmarried at the time, buying my first car. I worked on Camp Hansen and needed to get a car ASAP! I was short on money that month and needed to make a down payment to get a reliable car at BC Motors. I sat down with the clerks at the front and they approved me on the spot and also did a financial worksheet with me in order to help me pay off my allotment quicker and pointed me in so many directions of resources for a new mother. I was overwhelmed with generosity so much that once I paid off my allotment in 6 months I turned around and pledged 600$ the following year at a CFC drive to give back! What goes around comes around and I’m forever thankful for this help during that time!

Why do you give through the CFC?

I believe that as military we are so blessed with numerous resources for our families and in order to keep good in this world we have to constantly be putting good deeds and karma out there in order to keep a balance.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

The CFC helps to keep the Naval Relief Society in business and allows them to do so many great outreaches for military and their families!

Chris Otahal

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CFC Zone

Department/Agency

Department of the Interior / Bureau of Land Management

Cause Area

Profile

Wildlife Biologist

What is the charitable cause you are most passionate about and why?

I am most passionate about the environmental causes - it is important to protect the life support system that we all depend on every day.

Why do you give through the CFC?

I take pride in joining with my fellow federal employees in making a difference and following their passions.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

The contributions I make through CFC helps inspire others to pitch in where they can.

Raymond German

Raymond German

CFC Zone

Department/Agency

Tribal Tech LLC

Profile

Marine. Retiree. Dad.

What is the charitable cause you are most passionate about and why?

Veteran Support Organizations because they give me the opportunity to give back to those that served our nation.

Why do you give through the CFC?

I give through the CFC because it has been something I always did throughout my 20 year Marine Corps career.

How do contributions through the CFC help your cause?

The contributions I make through CFC go to organizations that are thoroughly vetted and they have a direct impact on Veterans not only in Southern California but nationwide as well.