Letter: They may not ask, but Cordova federal employees need our help

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Winters have always been tough for some Cordovans. This winter is going to be even tougher and for a lot more people during the government shutdown. The economy and safety of Cordova depend upon these federal employees and now they need our help. You will not hear them publicly complain or ask for assistance so it is imperative that we reach out to them.

I do not need to point out everything the members of the U.S. Coast Guard and employees of the U.S. Forest Service and Transportation Security Administration contribute to Cordova, both on the job and off. One has only to look at the names on the plaques at the Fishermen’s Memorial on Nicholoff Way to remember how the USCG men and women go above and beyond the call of duty while their families stay behind and worry until they return. The families of federal employees live here and contribute to the workforce and school enrollment. They also help in social events here such as the Iceworm Festival, Salmon Jam and Fourth of July Celebration. To them, this is not just a job. They are members of the community and many elect to return to Cordova when their leave their deployment and employment.

It’s our turn to help them through this rough spot. There are food drop boxes at Cordova District Fishermen United and Alaska Commercial Co. and at the Nazarene Church rummage sale. Gift certificates from Nichols and the AC are also needed and can be dropped off with Chelsea at CDFU, Pastor Steve Leppert at the rummage sale, or with me. Let’s show them Cordova appreciates everything they do for our town.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or wish to donate. Leave a message on Facebook or call me at 907-424-5146. Thank you!

— Dixie Lambert

Cordova

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