VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - In the spirit of giving, Navy Exchange (NEX) and Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) customers donated the highest amount since 2014 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). During the nearly month-long campaign, nearly 81,000 tickets were sold for a total of $404,709 by both NEX and MCX customers.
Customers supported their fellow Sailors and Marines by purchasing a NMCRS $5 benefit ticket. This joint campaign by the NEX and MCX provides their customers opportunities to help their brothers and sisters in arms. This type of Navy and Marine Corps joint effort is important around the holiday season in particular.
“Our customers look forward to being able to support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and their fellow men and women in uniform,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, Chief Executive Officer for the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM). “NEX customers donated $315,974, an extraordinary amount especially during a pandemic. Their generosity is a true example of taking care of their shipmates.”
“The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society is a very important resource for our Navy and Marine Corps families,” said Cindy Whitman Lacy, CEO/Director, Business and Supports Services Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps. “This was the sixth year that the MCX participated in the benefit ticket program which allowed nearly 18,000 customers to donate $88,735 to help fund the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society to provide Sailors and Marines financial support when they are experiencing life challenges that could detract their attention from being mission ready.”
The purchase of the benefit ticket entitled customers to $5 off plus an additional 5 percent off their one-time NEX or MCX purchase made Nov. 5 through 10. With the purchase of a benefit ticket, customers also received a free reusable tote, while supplies lasted.
Navy and Marine Corps customers donated nearly $269,000 during the NMCRS benefit ticket campaign held in the spring. Since 2011, NEX patrons have donated nearly $3 million to the NMCRS while MCX customers have donated nearly $1 million since 2013.