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RESOURCES FOR FURLOUGHED FAMILIES

The political gridlock has extended the federal government shutdown to a record-setting 25 days and is still in counting. Southern Maryland business owners have announced ways they’d like to contribute to helping families who are going without paychecks. This article will have resources for furloughed families who live in Southern Maryland.

Growing up in a military family and now having a spouse who works for the Government; seeing the shut down and the effect it has on families is too close to home. There is a silver lining though to this difficult situation. And that silver lining is… our community pulls through and shows support to those in need. Southern Maryland has a heart of gold.

I had messages pouring in last night and this morning asking me to share resources with families. Moms With Tots shared about the Maryland Diaper Drive she started and that’s when it hit me. We need a list of what’s going on so southern Maryland families can see the support and resources out there for them. I will continue to collect information and add it here.

Charles County has specific programs for residents to help with paying bills and other financial assistance, see link for details.

Most of the following resources are for FURLOUGH ONLY!!!!

FOOD

BOLLYWOOD –
Tuesday January 22, 2019 through Friday January 25, 2019 all furloughed employees who show their government ID will get 30% off on the buffet from 11 AM to 2 PM. Dine in only.

CHARLES STREET BAKERY

Charles Street Bakery is offering the”friends and family discount” along with a free cup of coffee to those of you who are furloughed due to the government shutdown. Come by, sit by the fire and relax. We have free wi-fi. 

CHEVYS BRANDYWINE

All day tomorrow, 1/17/19, Chevys is offering a free 2-item combo to those Federal Government employees who are affected by the shutdown.

GALAZIO

This Thursday night, dinner is on us for Furlough Employees and their families. Alcohol and gratuity is not included.

The menu choices are:
Chicken Souvlaki Platter. 
Sausage Platter 
Gyro platter 
Veggie Platter 
Cheese or Pepperoni pizzas! 
Sodas and Ice Tea

All platters are served with salad, tzatziky, rice or fries. 

LOBBY COFFEE- CALVERT COUNTY 

Every Friday during the Government Shutdown, all government employees with IDs get a drink on us and SJ Johnson Propane & Fuel Oil! They are open from 7A to 5P 

OBO PIZZA WALDORF & INDIAN HEAD

OBO Pizza Indian Head & Waldorf are helping fight the furlough! ALL Large pizzas are 50 PERCENT OFF until further notice. (Excludes ALL existing specials and $10 one topping pizza special) No pizza limits. No strings. No joke. Waldorf Location also offering $1.50 Burgers ! 

SILVER SKEWER

One free chicken entrée meal for government employees with ID ( one per customer) from the hours of 2 PM till 4:30 PM daily

 NEW HOPE AME CHURCH DINNER

January 27, 2019 3-6 PM

COMMUNITY DINNERS AT SOLOMONS UMC

FUN

FAMILY PLACE TO PLAY

Sunday, January 20, 2019 FROM 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, furloughed employees and their families are invited to free play will be held at A family Place To Play Rockefeller location- 3443 Rockefeller Court, Waldorf Md.

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FREE HOCKEY DAY

This resource is open to the community. It’s not a furlough deal; however, a free activity that looks fun for the kids.

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FREE PAINTBALL

This resource is open to the community. It is not a furlough deal but still something fun to do that’s FREE if you have older children.

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PLAYSEUM BETHESDA

Free admission for all government workers affected by the shut down with valid ID.

PUMP IT UP  (Waldorf):  Buy One get one FREE Open Jump/Little Jumpers Session at Pump it Up’s  Waldorf, Maryland location. Valid until the shutdown ends. Mention The Playful Parent and show valid government ID. Check the Pump It Up calendar for all available Open Jump times.

MY GYM FREE PLAY

My Gym invites Federal Employees to come to My Gym to work up an appetite at Furloughed Free Play and diaper giveaway on January 24, 2019:

Parent Participation Required
⏰ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

SKYZONE WALDORF

Furloughed Federal government employees without pay and up to 3 family members get a FREE 60 minute jump on Thursday’s at Sky Zone Waldorf and Bowie. To enjoy this deal, recipient must be on Federal government furlough without pay and show a valid government Identification. This promotion is valid on Thursday’s only from 4:00pm – 8:00pm and ends January 31, 2019.

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UNIQUE SPORT

Unique Sports cares deeply about our community and the hardships some families are facing at this time. On Friday, January 25, please join us for “Furloughed Friday”. We are inviting all government employees affected by the shutdown to join us for ONE HOUR of playtime for FREE!! This is open to children of all ages. Choose one of the two sessions offered and let your little ones play! Trampolines, foam pits, games and more!

Session 1 is from 10:00-11:00
Session 2 is from 11:00-12:00

Must present government ID.
No registration required.

RESOURCES

GIANT GROCERY GIVEAWAY

Giant Food- 1400 7th Street, NW, Washington DC, 20001  from 3:00pm – 4:00 Pm

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COUPONING CLASS 

FREE couponing class for furloughed employees and their family members. 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND DIAPER BANK

Maryland Diaper Bank to host a Diaper Giveaway for Charles County families affected by the furlough in hopes to provide a little relief.

Many of our local families have been affected by the government shutdown and we can’t just sit on the sidelines watching for what will happen next. We at the Maryland Diaper Bank believe that no matter the economic status, every baby deserves to have a clean bottom.

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For information on paying bills, banking, unemployment and other important financial resources see this article on shutdown resources. Washington, DC has a plethora of freebies and resources too, for restaurants and recreation resources visit this link.

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