Airman’s Attic: A chance to contribute and receive

Airman’s Attic: A chance to contribute and receive

The Maxwell Airman’s Attic is open to all service members, their dependents and retirees. The attic collects and organizes donations of clothing, books, non-perishable food, military clothing and other items free of charge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer)

Airman’s Attic: A chance to contribute and receive

Eileen Taylor, military spouse, organizes clothing in the back of the Airman’s Attic on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Feb. 9, 2018. The attic receives a lot of donations throughout the week and relies on its volunteers to help organize, sort and disseminate the donated items. (U.S. Air Force photo Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer)

Airman’s Attic: A chance to contribute and receive

Senior Airman Terrence Taylor, 42nd SFS patrolman, and Senior Airman Destiny Turner, 42nd Security Forces Squadron Base Defense Operations Center controller, look through military clothing at the Airman’s Attic on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Feb. 9, 2018. Military members can search through a wide selection of donated military clothing, and pay nothing for a new set of Airman Battle Uniform’s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer)

Airman’s Attic: A chance to contribute and receive

A customer signs into the computer after walking into the Airman’s Attic on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, Feb. 9, 2018. The attic is for military members and their families who need clothing, food, shoes, books, or toys at no cost to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer)

Airman’s Attic: A chance to contribute and receive

The Airman’s Attic accepts donations of clothing, shoes, and many more items for military members and their families free of charge. Military members and their families are allowed up to 15 clothing items a person, as well as unlimited toys and books. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer)

Airman’s Attic: A chance to contribute and receive

The Airman’s Attic accepts donations of clothing, shoes, and many other items for military members and their families free of charge. The Airman’s Attic is a non-profit organization that provides clothing, food, diapers, wipes, and many other items for military members and their families on Maxwell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. --

As the price of clothing and other necessities increase there is one organization that strives to lessen that burden on military families.

The Airman’s Attic, organized and managed by Maxwell’s Top Three, is a used items store where service members, their dependents and retirees can get items free of charge, Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers sort through clothing, books, non-perishable food, military clothing and many more items to allow others to reuse.

The items the attic doesn’t collect are weapons, tube T.V.s, used or opened items, such as used soaps and opened containers of food.

All service members can visit and get military items as needed. The attic limits individuals to 15 clothing items per family member and unlimited toys and books.

Anyone from the rank of Technical Sergeant and below can get diapers, wipes and non-perishable food items.

The first Thursday of every month, retirees and officers can come in to grab a bag full of clothes, shoes or books, Peters said.

The staff and volunteers ask that any items obtained from the attic not sold for profit, Peters said. If the staff does catch anyone selling items from the attic, those individuals will be banned.

Donations from base populous are accepted during open hours and by drop-off in the shed outside the airman’s attic when closed.

Since the attic is open three days a week, it can take a lot to keep up with sorting and placing the donations, that’s where the help of volunteers play a big part in the smooth operation of the attic.

Volunteers are needed the most when the organization receives massive amounts of donated items. Most of the volunteers the attic attains, is through military spouses.

“I started volunteering one day a week just to get out of the house,” said Michelle Peters, Airman’s Attic manager. “I noticed the back was really in need of some organizing, that’s when I noticed that coming in just one day a week was not cutting it. At that point, I would come in three days a week for five hours a day and spend all that time in the back just organizing all the donated items.”

As a long-time attic volunteer, Eileen Taylor says she enjoys meeting some of the younger military spouses and sharing her wisdom with them.

“I was a [military spouse] for 24 years and I think the Airman’s Attic is a really nice way to give back [to our military families],” Taylor said. “We enjoy it.”

Student’s attending the Officer Training School and Airman Leadership School add further help to organizing and sorting the donated items.

Including a mass of volunteers helping out, the attic recently received a sum of $5,000, which was donated by a private organization.

“We are very pleased to have received this money, as it is helping us get supplies to clean the building and help make it a more inviting space to all our visitors,” Peters said.

At this time the generous donation is being spent cautiously, and only being used when needed.

“Not many people know that we have an Airman’s Attic, and I think if more people knew about us, we would have more Airmen who are in need of help utilize it,” said Master Sgt. Brian Peters, Barnes Center noncommissioned officer in charge of registration.

For more information about the Airman’s Attic, or to volunteer, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/maxwellgunter.airmans.attic/?ref=br_rs.