Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association raises more than $100,000 to aid Coast Guard personnel during shutdown

New London — The Coast Guard Academy's Alumni Association has raised more than $100,000 towards its $150,000 fundraising campaign to support cadets and Coast Guard personnel impacted by the government shutdown.

The campaign launched Jan. 16, and money raised will be evenly split between the southeastern Connecticut chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, which has organized a makeshift food pantry at the academy, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, a nonprofit that provides financial help to Coast Guard personnel, and cadets.

The alumni association has already provided $10,000 to the CPOA to support their ability to provide gift cards to Coast Guard personnel to meet basic needs such as gas and groceries, and will be distributing an additional $15,000 to the group next week.

The alumni association will distribute 1,000-plus gift cards, worth $50, to cadets next week. While cadets, who as active duty personnel are not receiving their regular stipend, are served three meals a day, they purchase snacks, hygiene products, school supplies and other items themselves.

The alumni association will also distribute $25,000 next week to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.

Any money raised over the $150,000 goal will be provided to both Coast Guard Mutual Assistance and the CPOA to continue supporting their efforts.

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