VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as "Giving Tuesday."

On this day, the Armed Services YMCA is asking the community to step up.

For more than 150 years, the Armed Services YMCA has provided low or no cost programs where the need is greatest: to E-5 and below service members and their families.

Their programs include Fleet Readiness Support, Operation Hero, before and afterschool Child Development, and summer camp.

Last year, they assisted more than 7,000 people from all five branches of the Armed Forces.

The IRS 501 (c)( 3) charity is not connected with the Department of Defense. It doesn't receive federal funding.

They're only able to do what they do because of generous contributions from supporters.

And on this "Giving Tuesday," retired rear admiral Kevin Slates from the Armed Services Y Board of management asks that people give whatever they can.

"It's not whether you give a lot of money," said Slates. "Any amount of money helps. There's a lot of great charities in Hampton Roads. But this is one I believe in very passionately and would hope you viewers would also show some support."

All gifts to the Y are tax deductible. Ninety cents of every dollar goes directly to programs.