Now at the beginning of its third week, the partial government shutdown has driven many federal workers to GoFundMe as they try to figure out how to pay bills while their paychecks are frozen.
Julie Burr, a single mom and contracted government worker from Kansas City, Missouri, created a GoFundMe page two days after Christmas asking the public for help. “I’m losing pay every day that this government shutdown continues,” Burr wrote. “I’ve taken on extra shifts at my 2nd job but it isn’t going to pay rent and all my bills... I’m in panic mode right now.”
The [GoFundMe] website currently has over 1,000 results for pages regarding the government shutdown. The majority of federal workers who've posted pages on the site are asking for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Most of the pages have yet to receive any donations.
In the meantime, President Donald Trump is holding his ground in the fight with Congress over full funding for his border well, telling reporters on Friday that he is “proud” of the shutdown.
Trump also confirmed Democrats’ report that he said the shutdown could last for “months or even years.”