North Country Helps Coast Guard Workers During ShutdownPosted: Updated:
If the partial government shutdown doesn't end by the middle of next week, members of the Coast Guard will have worked a month without pay.
In Dexter, Donna Arusiewicz worries about her daughter, Wanda, and her husband, Jamie, a member of the Coast Guard stationed in Anchorage, Alaska.
"They try to keep everything positive with me, but they're going to food banks and things to save money," said Arusiewicz.
To help the Coast Guard members stationed here in the north country, the Sackets Harbor American Legion is collecting donations.
Ray Jarvis is the steward of the Sackets Legion post. He says they're looking for daily needs like food, toothpaste or shampoo.
"I know if I wasn't getting a paycheck, I would be, you get strapped for cash and you've got to keep a roof over your head. Sometimes food seems to come last in the order of processes of keeping a roof over your head, paying your heat, especially this time of the year," he said.
Nationally the legion is also accepting money through its website
There is legislation working through Congress that would give Coast Guard members their paychecks even as the shutdown continues. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is going to co-sponsor that bill.