CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Groceries, toiletries and gift cards are slowly stacking up at Vertical Real Estate off South Battlefield Boulevard.
The pile is just a small sample of what’s to come this Saturday at their donation and distribution event for Coast Guard families amid the government shutdown.
“We have two Coasty wives that work with us and we just really wanted to help the Coast Guard, the community in general, but this is near and dear to our heart because we have Coasty wives,” explained Cyndi Hoser, owner of Vertical Real Estate.
Hoser says raising donations was an idea that came from a few of her agents that are also military wives and just wanted to help.
They worked with the Hampton Roads Chapter of Chief Petty Officers Association to create the donation drop off for people who want to help and a distribution center for families in need.
“Ideally people would drop off starting at 10 o’ clock in the morning until 1 in the afternoon and maybe even the beginning part of that because from 1 to 4 we’re going to be serving hot meals to Coast Guard famlies and also passing out the supplies,” Hoser stated.
Shawn Burnes the president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of Chief Petty Officers Association, says events like this mean everything right now.
He says each Coast Guardsman has their own story of struggle.
“There was a seaman apprentice, graduated bootcamp less than a month ago, shows up to his first station, still hasn’t received a Coast Guard paycheck,” Burnes said.
He says when the people come together for causes like this it reminds the Coast Guard community that someone cares.
“We are a family, the big thing is family always take care of family in times of stress,” he said.
Burnes is encouraging the Coast Guard members to come and get what they need.
He will also be there Saturday morning to accept any large gift card or money donations to distribute to families.
People who want to donate can do so Friday during business hours if they can’t make it on Saturday.