Community coming together to help area Coast Guard, other federal employees impacted by shutdown

Harvest Hope pantry for federal employees

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Members of the Grand Strand and Pee Dee communities are coming together to support federal employees during the on-going government shutdown.

On Wednesday, several veterans groups, along with others, will present checks to the local Coast Guard community.

According to information sent to WMBF News, the presentation will be at the Coast Guard station in Georgetown on Marina Drive behind the Hampton Inn.

Additionally, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10804 are collecting $10 Food Lion gift cards through Friday night.

They will be delivered to the 34 families at the Coast Guard station in Georgetown on Saturday afternoon, according to information from the post.

Those who would like to donate can drop the gift cards off at the post, located at 111 Hwy. 57 North in Little River. It opens daily at 12 p.m.

In the Pee Dee, the Harvest Hope Food Bank is hosting a free pantry for federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Employees can bring their federal ID to the Hampton Inn and Suites at Highway 52 and Interstate 95 in Florence from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, and again from 4 to 6 p.m.

Food, water, baby items, and other essentials will be made available.

If you are a community member wanting to help federal employees, there are a couple of options available:

  • You can give a monetary donation at Be sure to put “Government Shutdown” in the notes section. All monies collected will go to helping federal employees. If you wish to send a check, please put “government shutdown” in the memo line.
  • You can host a food or supply drive to collect items for those in need. Click here for more information. Please be sure to note that your food drive is for federal employees.
  • You can drop off items and supplies at one of our three locations in Columbia, Greenville or Florence. Please let the receptionist or person assisting you know that these items are for federal employees. There will also be boxes at each location marked for federal employees.
  • You can purchase items from our Amazon Wish List here and have the items sent to us to distribute. 

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