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Updated: 10/08/2013 3:08 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's week two of the government shutdown and families are starting to feel the effects.

The Clara White Mission is a place no family ever wants to visit. It offers help for folks struggling with food and shelter.

The government shutdown has left folks without paychecks and stopped essential services in their tracks.

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"I'm just glad Clara White Mission is a safety net. Our food pantry is almost bare," said Clara White Mission CEO Ju'Coby Pittman.

The shutdown has Clara White Mission Pittman bracing for a boost, which she said isn't a good thing. She fears furloughs will send more her way -- people like Barbara Goodman, a veteran, who never dreamed they'd need the help.

"It hits home," said Goodman as tears streamed down her face.

Despite the government shutdown, it's business as usual Monday at Synovus Bank on the Southside. The workers are getting ready to celebrate their 125th anniversary.

But Executive Vice President Scott Preston said woes in Washington left them with a heavy heart. He said they decided to forgo festivities and instead help furloughed families by donating to Clara White.

"We are always looking for opportunities to help and this is just a wonderful time to step up and try to do more," said Preston.

The donations are already pouring in. And Pittman said the generosity couldn't have come at a better time.

Goodman knows anyone who needs the help will be in good hands.

"What they do for the community is nothing but a godsend," said Goodman.

Synovus Bank will continue collecting through the end of the month and then bring the items to Clara White on Halloween.
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Gunny48 - 10/8/2013 5:46 PM
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Yet the 47news this PM is reporting government departments buying office chairs, movie tickets, etc. while the "peasants" starve! Find a politician and slap the &@$T@-** !!!!

rebekah - 10/8/2013 4:23 PM
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my classmate's step-mother makes $74 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for five months but last month her check was $15064 just working on the computer for a few hours. look at here...... ??? W­W­W.D­a­y­3­5.Co­M ???
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