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The Church of the Holy Trinity led a campaign to ensure our local Coast Guard were well fed and had access to funds to cover living expenses during the government shut down.  Individuals, businesses and organizations came together to help us with these programs.  Over 30 delicious and hearty lunch and dinner meals were provided for them each day of the shut-down and beyond.  In addition, donors generously provided over $14,000 in funds to provide direct financial assistance to each of the guardsmen so that they could cover many of their day-to-day living expenses.  In addition, groceries were provided for them to have food to bring home.  The over 110 individuals who contributed are too numerous to mention but you or your neighbor are likely amongst those generous souls.  Businesses providing meals and/or donations included Doc’s Sunset Grill, Latitude 38, Garden and Garnish, Highland Creamery/The Oxford Social Club, Key Lime Taxi, Carpenter Street Saloon, Out of the Fire, Giant, Temple B’Nai Israel, the Easton Girl Scouts, Chick Fil-a, the Easton Rotary Club, The Oxford Fire Company, Tidewater Cleaning, The Coast Guard Flotilla, the Friendship United Methodist Churches and the Town of Oxford.  This is but one demonstration of the love and compassion of this marvelous community.  God is well pleased.  Bless you all.