Traverse City Supports Coast Guard Families During Shutdown

During the federal government shutdown, Coast Guard members and their families are facing the real possibility of not getting a check on payday. But two groups in Traverse City are working together to try to help in their time of need.

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 … it just affects a whole community.”

Hartwell also cites the example of a landlord worrying about getting rent from his Coast Guard renters so he can pay his own mortgage. She says the idea for the fundraiser came from the notion that “somebody should do something to help.” She says, “I’m somebody, and I can do something.”

The community event will include live music and will be an opportunity for families to socialize. It will be held on Saturday night from 6-10 p.m. at the Hotel Indigo in Traverse City. It’s free to get in and listen to live music and show support for families, and donations will be accepted but not required.

The VFW will handle the donations and distribute them to families in need by paying directly for things like rent and bills to utility companies.

You can also donate online.