Airman’s Attic volunteers go above and beyond

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. --

The Airman’s Attic provides Airmen with everything from military clothing to everyday household items for free; without the help of volunteers, many Airmen and their families wouldn’t have this privilege.

Stefanie Markin, Airman’s Attic manager, is one of many volunteers who is happy and willing to help Airmen get what they need. Markin has made countless friendships and connections while volunteering.

“We know most of the customers by name,” said Markin. “We know their kids names and I’ve watched so many of these kids grow up. It’s like one big family.”

In addition to Markin and her eight years of countless volunteer hours, six other volunteers assist with running and operating the attic. Each volunteer is devoted to providing Barksdale Airmen and their families an easy-to-use, high-quality service.

“We know who needs what and if we find someone who is getting rid of something specific, we’ll call the other Airman up and let them know,” said Julia Robinson, Airman’s Attic co-manager. “Even when we’re home, we’re networking.”

Every week hundreds of items are dropped off by people who would rather see something utilized than tossed in the trash. The volunteers sort these items and place them on shelves for the customers.

Donations to the Airman’s Attic are accepted in the store during operating hours and can be dropped off in the shed after hours. In order for Airmen and families to receive clean and high quality items, it is asked that donations be neatly delivered at the shed.

 “The goal of the attic is mainly to help Airmen and their families out,” said Markin. “We try to provide for young Airmen who’ve just moved into the dorms, or newlyweds straight out of tech school who start with nothing.”

Utilized by over 200 people weekly, the Airman’s Attics target shopper is E-4 and below, however, they do have all ranks days during the month as well. All active duty ranks can shop for military uniforms anytime of the month.

“The most rewarding thing about working here is seeing Airmen excited when they find something for free they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford,” said Markin. “I love when Airmen come in for the first time and they try to pay for something. We get to tell them it’s free.”

From uniforms to dishes, the volunteers at the Barksdale Airman’s Attic go above and beyond to guarantee Airmen and their families have everything they need.

The Airman’s Attic is open on Tuesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about the Airman’s Attic, call 456-2400.