Supply drive planned for Jacksonville Coast Guard families

Mayport

Hundreds of Coast Guard families in Jacksonville did not receive their paychecks Tuesday because of the partial government shutdown.

Some of those Coast Guard members lined up at the USO’s Mayport Center, gathering food for their families. “I’ve got two kids at home, one is special needs,” Rachel Broxson said. “We have to do what we have to do to make sure bills are paid and kids are fed.”

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Broxson’s husband is among the 546 Coast Guard members who are without pay in Jacksonville.

“We’re trying to figure out what we can do with what little we have, stretch it out as much as possible,” Rachel Broxson said.

Action News Jax consumer expert Clark Howard says if needed, Coast Guard families should seek out zero interest loans.

Many credit unions and a handful of small banks are offering them with proof that you're an active federal employee.

In Jacksonville, a group is gathering supplies for families.

Coast Guard wives tell Action News Jax basic necessities including baby supplies, toiletries, hygiene products, pet food and other household products are needed.

Community members can drop off supplies at Christ UMC Church on Penman Road between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Gas cards and other donations can also be made to the local Chief Petty Officers Association.

Broxson says it's much-appreciated support. “We need help in any way or form. Even if you just take over a bag of canned goods to your neighbor that you know is a Coastie family,” she said. “Some are too proud to ask for help, but help them anyway.”