We heard something shocking on ABC News4.
Did you know that 860 Coast Guard personnel in Charleston have not been paid since December 31, 2018?
The government shutdown that has affected so many workers and their families across the United States has also hit these diligent and faithful Coast Guard.
Despite not receiving a paycheck, the military personnel who perform dangerous search and rescues, ensure port and homeland security, execute law enforcement, and respond to environmental disasters continue to perform these duties with dignity.
At home, however, their bills are stacking up. These honorable men and women are struggling to stay afloat, as they try to pay rent, buy groceries, and provide healthcare for their families.
It just doesn’t seem to right to us here at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers.
That’s why we donated $5,000 to the Low Country Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Association (CPOA) on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
We challenge you to help, too.
Are you up for it?
Ways You Can Help the Lowcountry Coast Guard Stay Afloat
The brave men and women of the Low Country Coast Guard have expressed a deep gratitude for all the support they have received from the community.
It would mean so much if you would join these ranks.
Eight Ways You Can Help the Lowcountry Coast Guard Personnel and Their Families During the Government Shutdown:
- Cash and gift card donations can be dropped off with the Officer of the Day at 196 Tradd St., Charleston, SC 29401.
- Donate using the “Donate” button at the top of the CPOA Facebook
- Contact CPOA via Facebook messenger on the to arrange pickup of donations, or mail them to:
USCG Low Country CPOA
C/O SKC Matt Hunt
2000 Bainbridge Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
- Like, follow, and share the USCG Low Country CPOA Facebook page for updates during the shutdown on more ways you can help.
- Help increase awareness by using the hashtag #stayafloat in all your social media posts related to the effort.
- Donate money at gofundme.
- Attend local fundraising events (see the CPOA Facebook page for a calendar of events, like cookouts, dinners, breakfasts and balls, with all proceeds going to Low Country Coast Guard families).
- If you are a local business, consider offering free goods and services (groceries, meals, haircuts, daycare, etc.) to Low Country Coast Guard members and their families during the shutdown.
The Coast Guard Keeps Us Safe, And It’s Time We Return the Favor
Please share this blog post with your friends, families, and co-workers.
The Low Country Coast Guard needs our help, and there are so many ways we can offer it.
“The Coast Guard keeps our borders safe. They protect us. When we’re in danger, they keep us afloat. Now it’s time to help Coastie families stay afloat until the government shutdown is ended.”
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is not endorsed by the U.S. government or the U.S. Coast Guard.
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