CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The community came together Saturday to help U.S. Coast Guard members and their families affected by the government shutdown.
Thousands of items were collected and handed out at the Vertical Real Estate in Chesapeake.
Cars, trucks and vans drove by to drop of food and supplies.
It’s day 29 of the government shutdown and USCG members are still waiting on a paycheck.
For some, not getting that paycheck is critical.
“Having gone now, the last time the Coast Guard was paid was December, so we’ve already missed the first paycheck. We don’t know if we’ll get paid in February,” said Ryan Doss with the Coast Guard Hampton Roads Chief Petty Officer Association.
Nevertheless, Hampton Roads neighbors knew exactly how to band together. A few Navy wives started a post on social media to try and help out.
“I decided to put together a little group post in a Navy wife page. These lovely ladies decided to respond and we met for coffee with the CPOA, the girls, and it exploded from there,” said Navy wife, Tara Bourrioux.
“We’re all part of the same team. You have the interservice rivalry all the time, but in times of need the services always come together,” said Doss.
More people wanted to volunteer to help out when they heard the call.
“Tuesday alone we added more than 200 people to the group that were looking to volunteer,” said Navy wife, Jessica King.
Some neighbors came by multiple times, bringing in dozens of gallons of milk and eggs.
Doss says the response from the community has been overwhelming and its been a very humbling experience for those involved.
Coast Guard members who needed food and supplies were able to pick those items up this afternoon, but Doss says if the shutdown continues, they’ll continue to help those in the community.
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