Several local groups holding drives to benefit cash-strapped federal workers

Posted at 5:55 AM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-26 22:59:25-05

As the partial shutdown drags on and more than 800,000 federal workers continue to go without paychecks, several local organizations are stepping in to help Coastal Bend residents affected by the political stalemate.

Donation drives are being held throughout the area this weekend, and organizers are asking the community to contribute anything they can to help government employees who may be struggling to make ends meet.


Real Life Church at 1241 Flour Bluff Drive will be collecting donations on Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drive is to benefit local Coast Guard members affected by the shutdown and the church is asking for donations of everything from food to baby items, feminine products and cleaning supplies.  For more information, contact Real Life at 361-221-1515

The Corpus Christi Apartment Association is holding a donation drive to benefit federal workers. Donations are being collected at the Cimarron Court Apartments front office at 3701 Cimarron Boulevard. For more information, contact the association at 361-852-2787.

The South Texas Chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association is sponsoring a donation drive on Jan. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fleet Reserve Association at 1651Flour Bluff Drive. They are asking for non-perishable food, diapers, personal hygiene products and cash donations.

Roy’s Bait and Tackle Outfitters at 7613 South Padre Island Drive and Fin Factory Kayaks and Tackle at 9919 South Padre Island Drive are collecting gift card donations to benefit Coast Guard members is the Coastal Bend who continue to work without pay. Donation can be made at either location by asking for a store manager.

The Coastal Bend Food Bank continues to support families in need, including those affected by the government shutdown. To make a monetary donation or to find more information about helping, visit their website at or call 361-887-6291.

A donation drive is being held at the Art Center of Corpus Christi at 100 North Shoreline Boulevard on Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to benefit members of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families. Organizers are asking for baby items, diapers, wipes, or formula, and gift cards. Donations will be delivered to the  South Texas Chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association. For more information, contact Julie at 361-461-1967.

Any other organizations who are collecting donations to benefit federal workers affected by the shutdown can send information to or call 361-884-6666.