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Community hosts fundraiser for Coast Guard members not being paid

Community hosts fundraiser for Coast Guard members not being paid.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- As the shutdown continues, Coast Guard members still aren't getting paid.

Northern Michigan community members pitched in Saturday night to raise money for Coast Guard members and their families.

Dozens of people showed up to Hotel Indigo for a silent auction, live music and a donation event.

The event was organized by Freshwater Events and the VFW Cherryland post.

"Whenever you cannot predict when you're gonna get your next paycheck but you know exactly when the bills are due it causes a lot of stress," Retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Kenneth Arbogast said. " And for younger members, young families, that's really a challenge."

Coast Guard members can't accept cash but the money is going toward things such as rent, medical bills and heating assistance.

You can still donate here.

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