Coast Guard spouses to hold dinner for federal workers in Rhode Island

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard spouses have organized a dinner in Rhode Island for federal workers impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Attendees also can bring a grocery bag to fill with household items donated by local residents and businesses.

The dinner is at 3 p.m. Sunday at OceanPointe Christian Church in Middletown. Organizers are planning to have it regardless of the winter storm expected to move through the region.

Mariah Battermann and Rachel Malcom, whose husbands serve in the Coast Guard, say it's a community effort to make sure that everyone who's struggling is taken care of.

The Military Spouses of Newport helped with the "Be The Light Drive." A government ID or furlough letter is required for entry.

Roger Williams University is inviting Coast Guard members and their families to its Bristol campus for dinner Monday.



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