Local Family Creates GoFundMe for Federal Employees During Government Shutdown

Saturday marks the 22nd day of the partial government shutdown, making it the longest Government Shutdown in history. 800,000 people have been working without pay or furloughed. One family wants to help southern Oregon federal employees who might be struggling during the shutdown. Jenn and David Whitehead hope the region will come together to help their fellow Oregonians through their GoFundMe page, Shutdown Help for Federal Employees.

Posted: Jan 12, 2019 7:10 PM

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. -- Saturday marks the 22nd day of the partial government shutdown, making it the longest Government Shutdown in history. 800,000 people have been working without pay or furloughed. One family wants to help southern Oregon federal employees who might be struggling during the shutdown. Jenn and David Whitehead hope the region will come together to help their fellow Oregonians through their GoFundMe page, Shutdown Help for Federal Employees.

"If I found myself in the situation, fortunately I'm not, it would be tough. So we thought ‘how can we help?’ That’s when we decide to just do a GoFundMe page," David Whitehead added.

Oregon is home to nearly 28,000 federal workers. According to the Employment Department, more than 9,500 are furloughed or working without pay. There is no end to the partial government shutdown in sight.

"For us, it wasn't about whether this was border patrol or border control or building the wall. It was about Americans helping Americans and the act of kindness,” said Jenn Whitehead.

The goal right now is set at $10,000. There will be a screening process to make sure those who apply for help are in fact government employees. The amount that's given to each person will be based on need.

"We're all in this together. These are our neighbors, our friends. We run into them in the store that are federal employees. They buy stuff locally that may not be able to now because they don't get a paycheck and that's tough. That would be tough," said the Whitehead’s.

If you’d like to donate or apply for some help, head to the GoFundMe page here.

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