Traverse City Supports Coast Guard Families During Shutdown

"People who serve in the Coast Guard don’t do it for the riches. They do it because they love our country; they want to serve the country they love," Emily Garris said. "And for us to just be cast aside, this is hurtful. We put so much on the line every day."

Freshwater Events is partnering with the Cherryland VFW Post to put on a fundraiser this weekend for Coast Guard families. Donations to those families will help with things like groceries, utilities and living expenses, and even medical bills. 

M’Lynn Hartwell with Freshwater Events says, “As I continued to hear stories from people, there’s a woman that is expecting a baby any day, they’re stressed about paying their rent, they’re stressed about medical expenses … The Government Shutdown affects an entire community.”