Furloughed employees continue to watch what happens in Washington while anxiously waiting for the government shutdown to end. In the meantime, many of them are forced to take drastic actions to stay financially afloat.
They can't talk or walk, but at only three-weeks-old, Bianca and Penelope are feeling the effects of the government shutdown. "Maternity leave is lumped in to short term disability and the check, just like everybody else, has stopped," explains Amy Grubbs. But, her bills continue and so do the needs of her twin daughters and five year old son.
Grubbs has been employed at the Savannah River Site for ten years and never thought the government would leave her without a means to take care of her family. She says the situation has left her with more questions than answers. "It makes me feel lost, like what's going to happen next? How much longer am I going to be out? How long am I going to be without a check?" she questions.
While focusing on her children's needs, a web site came into view that offers help from strangers. Grubbs says, "I created that little beg page hoping that maybe someone would see it and donate. Desperate times call for desperate measures."
The site is called "GoFundMe.com". Grubbs has posted her children's pictures and their situation in hopes of gaining financial help after losing her regular paycheck. "I can only call on so many favors or ask so many people for money. Then what do you do?" she says.
Dozens of other furloughed employees have turned to the site for help as well. They are hoping good Samaritans will help pick up where the government has left off.
Meanwhile, Amy Grubbs says this present situation has made her question the future of her children. "I wonder what kind of future they're going to have in this country if we keep going in this direction," she sighs.
To donate to Amy Grubbs and her family, click here.
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