Local church helping Coast Guard families affected by government shutdown


As the government shutdown enters into another day, families affected are working hard just to stay above water.

That's where churches and food pantries are stepping in to lend a helping hand.

Church of the Redeemer’s weekly community dinner is now a spot Kasey Cummings and her family can get a meal while her husband who works for the Coast Guard is not getting paid.

"You have to eat and we're fortunate enough to have this community and church be able to do that," Cummings said.

Cummings brought her two children and invited other Coast Guard families to stop by for dinner.

"We did just miss our first pay check," she said. "So, if you think about it, what do you normally buy with your pay check? Groceries and gas and things to get by on and some people just don't have that anymore."

That's where the church also comes in. It's collecting donations for Coast Guard families.

"We decided to first listen to the families themselves who have asked for household items that you need on a regular basis like diapers, baby foods, can foods," said Episcopal Church of the Redeemer Priest Joy Blaylock.

Blaylock says it's something they couldn't ignore.

"This is a focused, easy issue that we can get up and do something about right away," she said.

Cummings says although they're thankful for the help, the last few days have been full of anger and frustration.

"You feel lost, you feel helpless, you don't know when it's going to end," she said. "It's like you don't matter anymore and that's heart breaking for people who risk their lives every day for our country."

The Cummings will have a garage sale to try to raise some money to make ends meet.

It's this Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to Noon, rain or shine at 9066 Howells Ferry Road in Semmes.

Please feel free to bring donations for local Coast Guard families in need as well.

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