Airman’s Attic makes a difference at MacDill AFB

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  • By Senior Airman Jenay Randolph
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
Each month, enlisted personnel and their dependents can receive up to 30 free donated items. The hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. However, donations can be dropped off at any time in the bins located in front of the building.

The Airman’s Attic accepts donations in good condition, including uniforms, women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, flat-screen televisions, and more. However, some items are not accepted, such as old computer tube monitors, old desktops, any hazardous material, gases or chemical oils, and expired goods.

“It is important to help the service members that are in need of items by offsetting the cost of commonly needed items,” said Carmen Pizzi, a manager at the Airman’s Attic. “It also helps the morale and welfare of the enlisted members by meeting their needs.”

The Airman’s Attic is ran solely by volunteers. After receiving donated items, the volunteers sort, organize, display and manage both the storage facility and store front.

“Not only do Airmen benefit from the items, but so does the community,” said Angelo Pizzi, a manager at the Airman’s Attic. “Excess donations that are still in good condition are delivered by Mr. James Tyner and his family to local ministries and homeless shelters, which strengthens our relationship with the local community.”

Angelo and Carmen have been managers of the Airman’s Attic for more than 15 years. They enjoy giving back to Airmen and their families, who they refer to as their “kids.” After Angelo retired from the Air Force, he and his wife wanted a way to give back.

“We enjoy working here and giving back,” said Carmen. “Any help that we can get is greatly appreciated, and we will continue to do what we can for the kids at MacDill and our local community.”