How to help furloughed Coast Guard members and their families


CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – In the Lowcountry and across the nation, members of the U.S. Coast Guard have not received a paycheck since early December.

The wife of an active duty Coast Guard member, Sarah Stevens says it’s the families that are affected by this the most.

“Our Coast Guard men and women are still doing their mission each and every day,” she said. “We are not closed. We are still patrolling. We are still going on deployment. Our men and women are coming to work each and every day. They are standing their duties. They are manning our bases and doing their missions just like they were before this government shutdown and furlough happened.”

She went on to say, “There’s a lot of fear and uncertainty that’s going around right now. People are trying to weigh the odds of which bills are more important. What can we get away with not paying at this point… What local resources can we use? Do I need to go stand in line at a food bank to be able to feed my family or to get diapers for my baby?”

The Coast Guard cannot directly accept gifts. Thus, if you are interested in donating, please go through the Lowcountry Chief Petty Officer’s Association.

This organization supports the Coast Guard year-round and is accepting financial gifts and tangible gifts on behalf of the Coast Guard during the government shutdown.

Non-perishable food items, diapers, household items, and even gas cards are all things that can help during this time of financial stress.

If you would like to help, please visit

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