Roper Hospital employees make donation to Coast Guard members


CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Some local federal employees are getting some help during the government shutdown. Members of the Charleston Coast Guard on Thursday were given a generous gift.


At Roper Hospital, over a thousand dollars in gift card form was presented to an organization that supports our Coast Guard throughout the year.

This idea was inspired by two offices at Roper Hospital who really wanted to help our Coast Guard officers as they work day in and day out, unpaid, during the shutdown.


The Lowcountry Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s association were the recipients of the monetary donation which is going to go directly into the hands of the men and women protecting our coast. 


VP of Mission at Roper St. Francis Healthcare says that they have a strong relationship with the Charleston Coast Guard as their rooftop helipad serves many of its rescue missions.

As for the employees that came up with the idea to donate gift cards, he is very proud.

“Very proud and honored to work with all our teammates, who, when they see a need, they will respond spontaneously to raise the support to help people most in need,” said Mark Dickson.

The Coast Guard was supposed to receive a paycheck this past Tuesday the 15th, but did not. Now, they will not be paid until the government reopens.

The spouse of an active duty coast guard member told us about the bills they are still responsible for during this furlough.


“We have a child, there’s school, doctor’s appointments, groceries, we just bought a house. Those are normal bills that come into play that are affecting all of our families right now that you might not think about,” said Sarah Stevens.

VP of the Lowcountry Chief Petty Officers Association says that they are so humbled by the support from the community.


Roper Hospital tells us that this is just the first wave of donations to the Coast Guard during the shutdown. They want to continue to support our officers who are working unpaid.

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