In an effort to provide some aid during the government shutdown, the Rotary Club in Morro Bay presented local Coast Guard members Wednesday with more than $1,000 worth of gift cards to go grocery shopping.
Coast Guard members missed their first paycheck last Friday because of the shutdown.
“These people work really hard for us as first responders,” said Rotary Club President Jude Long. “They are first on the scene for security for our coastline. We have great respect for them and concern.”
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo and Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton are also joining the effort to help those affected by the shutdown and their families.
Active duty Coast Guard members can bring their government I.D. card or wear their uniform to the hospitals to receive free meals in their dining rooms.