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Airman 1st Class Jordan Woods, 1st Component Maintenance Squadron fuels mechanic, takes a glance over a few free books to take home from the Langley Airman's Attic April 22, 2010. The Airman's Attic thrives on donations, but donated items must meet prescribed criteria in order to be accepted. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released)
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Guidelines for donations to Langley Airman’s Attic explained

Posted 2/8/2012   Updated 2/8/2012 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Jason J. Brown
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

2/8/2012 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- The Airman's Attic at Langley Air Force Base provides a myriad of free, gently-used items to enlisted personnel, including uniforms, household goods, furniture, among others. The shop thrives on donations to keep the doors open and customers coming.

However, a rash of recent donations that failed to meet the standard of accepted items demonstrates the need for clarification on what the store does and does not accept. Below is the list of guidelines that govern donations:

1. All items should be serviceable and not require reconditioning.
2. No major household appliances (i.e., washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc.)
3. No mattresses will be accepted, due to public health restrictions.
4. Lawn equipment must have fuel and oil drained prior to donation.
5. Upholstered furniture, such as sofas, loveseats and chairs, should be free of major stains or tears. Additionally, furniture should include all constituent parts, such as sofa/couch cushions, doors and drawers for dressers, etc.
6. No console/floor-model televisions or CRT/"tube" TVs larger than 27".
7. No paints/stains, household chemicals or other hazardous chemicals.
8. No undergarments.
9. Items are required to be laundered/cleaned prior to donation.

The Airman's Attic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enlisted Airmen E-4 and below and E-5 with dependents are eligible to shop for items. All enlisted members can shop on the last day of each month.

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