Updated on: 2/13/2019
US Coast Guard employees are not being paid during the government shutdown. Over 3,000 active duty and reserve members, and Coast Guard Auxiliarists stationed in the Pacific Northwest are working without pay.
Coast Guard families don’t know how they will pay their mortgages or rent, medical bills, childcare and other expenses. Some Coast Guard families in Washington State have no money for basic food items and household supplies.
Recently the food bank at the Seattle Coast Guard Station has experienced massive shortages. Some days the food bank supplies have been completely depleted. Supplies are going out faster than they are coming in.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can make a donation of non-perishable food, personal items, household supplies, or baby items.
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, 10am-3pm, bring your donation to Fred Meyer stores in Ballard or Issaquah between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
Marcus Trufant, former Seattle Seahawk, will be signing autographs and taking photos with donors at the Fred Meyer in Ballard (915 NW 45th St, Seattle).
Or you can make a financial donation at www.usonw.org/donate
This effort is being coordinated by USO Northwest in support of the Chief Petty Officer’s Association (CPOA) for the Coast Guard food bank. With volunteer help from Security Project. All proceeds benefit Coast Guard families.
Monetary donations will be managed by USO Northwest who has set up a restricted account to provide monetary support directly via their website.
For more detailed information contact Mischelle Davis, Davis Law Group, 206-727-4000, Mischelle (at) davislawgroupseattle.com.