KSLA Salutes: BAFB's Airman's Attic

Airman's Attic
BAFB Airman's Attic. (Source: KSLA News 12)
BAFB Airman's Attic. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Children's school uniforms hang outside BAFB Airman's Attic. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Children's school uniforms hang outside BAFB Airman's Attic. (Source: KSLA News 12)

BARKSDALE AFB, LA (KSLA) - As the price of clothing and other necessities increase, there is one group that strives to lessen that burden on military families — it's called the Airman's Attic.

The shop supplies service members with all types of clothing, household items, baby needs and more.

"We have young airmen just getting married, their leaving the dorms and they've never owned a home or even lived in an apartment, so they don't have anything, or they're PCS'ing here for the first time, newly married or even single and they literally have nothing," explained manager Stefanie Markin.

The items are brought in by donation and taking for free.

"Our young airman, our active duty E4 and below that's our main priority here."

But they're not alone, higher ranking airmen and retirees are also allowed to peruse the shelves and racks.

"We really encourage our airmen that have young families to come in and get clothing because it's all really nice."

The attic is organized an managed by a handful of volunteers.

"I always have a good time with everybody else here having fun sorting out socializing having that bond," said Volunteer Airman Kevin Castellanos.

Castellanos volunteers at the attic most days before heading to work on the flight line.

"As an airman I see the need with others just like me getting started, getting on your feet really, and for me, the biggest satisfaction is simply putting my time to good use giving back to the community like I did at home," Castellanos added

Donations from people living on base or with base access are accepted during open hours and by a drop-off in the shed outside the airman's attic when closed.

For more information, you can visit the BAFB Airman's Attic on Facebook.

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