Food and diapers distributed to workers on leave and their families as closure continues (Victoria Sanchez / ABC7)


Churches and non-profit organizations are expanding their normal activities to include federal employees affected by the partial closure of the government.

In Montgomery County, the Greater DC Layer Bank provided more than 600,000 layers on the shelves. In Prince George County, Glenarden's first Baptist Church packed more than 3,000 bags of food.

Essential products, such as diapers, wipes and infant formula, are expensive. Having to buy these items without receiving a pay check complicates the job of the officials.

"I'm happy to be able to do it, but I'm also extremely sad to have to do it," said Corinne Cannon, of Bank of Upper DC.

On Monday, Coast Guard men and women were invited to the Silver Spring warehouse to get 100 diapers per child, wipes, a formula and hygiene bags for the family. The Coast Guard is the only branch of the unfunded army and the Coasties work without pay.

"It's like Christmas in January," said James Lesko.

Lesko is in the Coast Guard and volunteer at the diaper bank. He does not have children, but he said that help makes things easier for parents who have them.

As of Wednesday, the diaper bank will distribute items to 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; the location of Free restaurant by chef José Andrés for all affected federal workers.

"It's an unknown territory for us. I think we will be distributing about 200,000 layers over the next four days. It will cost us about $ 40,000, and it has not been budgeted, "said Mr. Cannon.

In Prince George County, First Baptist Church of Glenarden prepared more than 3,000 bags of food to distribute. The sea of ​​white bags covered almost everything a basketball court.

"It makes me so happy, trying to do it in a few days has been a huge undertaking, but it gives me great pleasure to know that we are meeting the needs of so many people," said Endia Leonard of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden.

Lavette Lee is one of the people to get help.

"I am grateful, very grateful," she said.

Lee is a key employee of the Department of Justice. It's been over a month and she continues to work without pay. She said that she was going to stretch the food that she received from the church to last her two weeks.

"So I cook on Sunday and it takes me all week so I do not have to spend money when I go to work," she explained.

Some fired federal employees remained busy at the Upper Marlboro Church, volunteering to help people in the same boat at a stop.

"We are only sharing with them our concerns and concerns, without going overboard. So, seeing us smile, they leave with a smile and it's all worth it, "said Michelle Killebrew-Ervin.

Killebrew-Ervin and Oretta volunteer "OJ" Johnson work in the Treasury Department. The two women together have been working in government for 65 years.

Johnson said financially that she was fine for the moment, but was worried about not receiving another paycheck.

"Whether you have money or not, nothing comes in, which you will eventually disappear," she said.