Coast Guard shutdown help info for service members and donors

***NEW*** 1/25/2019


WHAT: Tanger Outlets Savannah will be offering TANGERCARES HAPPY PERKS Free $20 gift cards to federal government employees impacted by the government shutdown. TANGERCARES is Tanger’s program dedicated to demonstrating our commitment to the communities in which we operate through volunteerism, fund-raising efforts, and charitable donations.

“Through TANGERCARES, Tanger Outlets is committed to helping those in the communities in which we operate,” said Steven B. Tanger, CEO of Tanger Outlets. “During this difficult time we want to show support for government workers impacted by the shutdown.”

To receive their gift card, recipients can visit Shopper Services with their valid government ID. Some exclusions may apply, please click here for details at

Additional Offers:

Ann Taylor Factory 15% Off Entire PurchaseCrocs 20% Off Entire Purchase Lane Bryant Outlet 50% Off One Full Priced ItemLOFT Outlet 15% Off Entire PurchasePolo Ralph Lauren Factory Store 20% Off Entire PurchaseTommy Hilfiger 10% Off Entire PurchaseUnder Armour 25% Off Single Item


WHEN: January 17th through January 28th. Limit one gift card per person.

WHERE: Shopper Services located in Suite 400

Tanger Outlets

 200 Tanger Outlet Blvd.

 Pooler, GA 31322


1/22/2019 - At a morale event on Friday, Coast Guard members at the Air Station received many donated gift cards, including ones for the commissary.  I thought that was a great idea.  Anyway, I was told that those members and their families are very thankful for your generosity during this hard time.  My sister received a gas card that she used to get to her CG Reserve duty this past weekend.  She said every one of her reservists showed up, and that includes those who come from Texas and Washington, D.C.!

Let's keep showing them our support while the government gets its problems figured out.

Fast Facts:  

-Chatham County earned the distinction of being named a Coast Guard Community in October.  It was only the 3rd community to do so.

-Six Coast Guard units call Chatham County home:  Air Station Savannah, Marine Safety Savannah, Station Tybee Island, Aids to Navigation Tybee Island, Cutter Chinook and our recruiting office

-Combined, these units cover most of the Georgia and South Carolina coasts.

-There are about 500 members of the Coast Guard who work out of Chatham County.


1/18/2019 - I reached out to 1st District Congressman Buddy Carter's office yesterday about the hardship this shutdown is causing for our Coast Guard members and their families.  Here's what I received from his office:  

"Rep. Carter shares your concern for the Coast Guard. He cosponsored H.R 371, the Pay our Protectors Act which would provide funding to cover salaries and expenses for the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, ICE, and TSA during the current shutdown. If anyone you speak to needs assistance during this shutdown, please have them reach out to our office in Savannah.                                        The number is 912-352-0101."

They will let us know when that act goes through.  

Meanwhile, I also reached out to Coast Guard headquarters about the situation.  Their media relations representative responded in part:

We very much appreciate the outpouring  of public and private support for Coast Guard personnel  during this time.... We don't know how long the government shutdown will last, but the Coast  Guard is statutorily obligated to maintain the essential  safety, security, and environmental protection services the  public expects during the government shutdown. However,  absent an approved budget, the longer the shutdown lasts,  the more difficult it will become for the Coast Guard to  maintain mission readiness. We will continue to monitor the  situation and, if necessary, adjust our operations to ensure  national security and to protect life and property.

There is a web page for members of the Coast Guard to get helpful information on dealing with the shutdown, including form letters for creditors...signed by the Commandant.  Click HERE for that page.

Many groups and organizations are collecting gift cards for our local Coast Guard stations.  See below to find out how you can help.

Also, there are several organizations offering assistance with food and pet items.  Scroll below for more on how to get help from them if you're a member of the Coast Guard having trouble getting by without a paycheck. 

Finally, THANK YOU all for your service, and for your donations!

-Laura Anderson


-In Savannah, America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is open to impacted government workers from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.  The main branch is located at 2501 E. President Street Savannah, GA 31404.

-Bluffton Self Help is offering furloughed federal workers the ability to use their food pantry. The agency knows its hard to ask for help, and that's why they are offering it first.

If you are a federal worker and would like to get help, you just have to register with Bluffton Self Help.  Call 843-757-8000 for more information.

-Navy Federal Credit Union, whose membership is based in the military, is offering members zero percent APR loans for those who have direct deposit of their paychecks.

-State Bank and Trust Company is offering zero-percent interest loans to furloughed federal employees.

-Launch Federal Credit Union is issuing zero-percent interest rate loans of up to $3,000 to employees of the federal government

-Bank of America has set up a “priority assistance phone line” for its customers who are impacted federal employees.

-Wells Fargo’s website also offers a newly established help line for impacted customers and outlines a program that will reverse and waive service, overdraft and late fees in specific cases.

-Coastal Electric Cooperative (CoastalEMC) - "Dear members, if you're concerned about paying your electric bill because you have been furloughed by the federal government shutdown or are continuing to work without pay, we can help. Please give us a call. We will do our best to make accommodations during what we know must be a stressful time for you. Reach us at (800) 421-2343 or send email to contact@CoastalElectric.Coop, and a representative will reply first thing Monday morning."

-City of Savannah Utilities - The City of Savannah is offering utility payment arrangements for federal workers that are experiencing financial hardship due to the government shutdown.  By entering into a payment arrangement, customers will have more time to pay their bill while keeping their services uninterrupted.  To set up a payment arrangement, please contact City of Savannah Utility Services Customer Service at (912) 651-6460.

-Some banks also are waiving certain fees and allowing customers to break certificates of deposit early.

-U.S. Coast Guard web page with assistance tips, form letters, etc.:  CLICK HERE.



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