Gift Card Donation Drive For the US Coast Guard Indian River Station

  We are collecting  donations this Thursday for the United States Coast Guard crews at the Indian River Station.  We have all of this approved ahead of time.
These folks are on duty and have helped many people in the past who would not be here today had it not been for their efforts, they could use our help, and frankly deserve it.  We are not going to get into the politics of this, we just want to help them out during this shutdown.   


Indian River Coast Guard
Indian River Coast Guard “47”

We are doing this “drive” for gift cards only, these cards must be in increments of no more than $20, that is a USCG policy.  There will be a collection station at Crooked Hammock Brewery, Thursday night 4 pm to 8 pm.  We will be there collecting donated gift cards.
Easy Speak Distillery in Milford, DE is also collecting donations for us, they will collect and catalog your donations. You can drop off gift card donations there until Thursday night.  I will pick them up Friday morning and deliver to the station in the afternoon.   

If you would like to make a larger donation there are two programs you can use to do so:  Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund and the Chief Petty Officer Association.  I understand that you can earmark your donation for certain stations.  You will have to contact the organizations to ask for specific details.  

We will deliver the collected donations on Friday January 25, 2019 in the afternoon.  Donations will be inventoried and listed as they are collected.  You can donate anonymously for the public press release, but for the station’s needs we are keeping a record of all donations and donors to give to them for their records, again that is a policy as I am told.    

Some of the crew members are young families with children.  They could certainly use some help and even some fun stuff for the kids.   

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We will accept the following and only the following … 

Gift Cards ..
Amounts can not be OVER $20, but you can do multiples of $20 … For example, If you want to donate a $100 card, give them 5 x $20 cards.  These have to be for items, or goods and services, not money.
No Visa or Amex gift cards or any cash cards!!!  Gift Cards Only!
Gift card purchase locations … 
Dollar General, Lowes, Walmart, Wawa … have multiple gift cards for different businesses and services. You know, where we all do our Christmas last minute shopping.
Gift Cards can be from … examples
Pet Supplies

Dry Cleaning
Walmart … good for the crew members with kids for supplies like diapers etc  
Dollar General … same as above 
Harris Teeter
Dunkin Donuts
Royal Farms 
Gas gift cards as well as long as they are not more than $20 

Entertainment gift cards are allowed … such as …  
Movie theater tickets/gift cards 
Shell We Bounce
Lefty’s Alley and Eats for bowling 


I know the crews at the station will be very grateful for any help we can give them.

Thank you for your help!

Rich King


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