Coast Guard members posted at nearby Coast Guard Island, many of whom live in Alameda, have been a huge help to FAL’s twice-a-year used book sales, lending muscle and time to move thousands of boxes of books.
So it’s been great to see Alamedans giving back as Coast Guard families suffer through a federal government shutdown that’s left them without income. With help coordinating from the East Bay Coast Guard Spouses Club, Alameda businesses, organizations and individuals have stepped up with donations, offers of meals and other support.
These include Otto Wright, owner of The Local coffee shop on Park Street (at Alameda Avenue), which has served as a collection point for donations. Wright said he’ll continue to accept donations of gift cards or any non-perishable items of food, clothing and household goods for the duration of the government shutdown.
Other collection sites are Alameda island Brewing Company on Park Street, Rockwall Wine Company at Alameda Point and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter mid-island at 1590 Fortmann Way.
Alameda’s efforts to support the “coasties” was featured on ABC 7 News.