During the furlough, service men and women in the Coast Guard are not getting paid. Here is how you can reach out to local Coast Guard families to help.
On April 24, 2004, while serving as part of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia aboard USS Firebolt, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, a damage controlman, and two U. S. Navy sailors were killed in the line of duty while conducting maritime intercept operations in the North Arabian Gulf. Bruckenthal was the first Coast Guard member killed in action since the Vietnam War. His wife was expecting their first child. Bruckenthal was know for his generosity and service to local communities wherever he was stationed. In his honor, Nate’s Open Door Baby Pantry & Exchange, is a not-for-profit baby pantry that assists military and civilian employees who work in the greater Baltimore area.
Nate’s Open Door is a pantry serving the needs of local Coast Guard families, as well as others in the Coast Guard community in their time of need. During the shut-down, as the Coast Guard men and women are still serving, patroling our coastal borders for illegal immigrants, drug trafficers and other dangers to our safety along with other aspects of their mission. They also serve overseas. As part of Homeland Security and not the Department of Defense, though they are still putting their lives on the line for our country just like Bruckenthal, they are not getting paid.
Supporting Nate’s Open Door is a small way to say thank you to these service members. Currently, the shelves at Nate’s Open Door are bare. They are in need of the following donations.
Baby Toiletries such as shampoo, diapers, wipes
Baby Food (jar)
Canned goods such as beans, fruits, veggies, peanut butter, jelly, pasta sause, soups and canned meats (ham, chicken, tuna)
Please do not leave box foods such as cereal and pasta – they do not want to attract mice to the pantry.
You may also drop off baby and children’s clothing in good condition, up to size 7.
You can drop off donations to local volunteers in the community who will deliver them to Nate’s Pantry, or drop them off directly to the pantry, which is open 24/7. You can also bring donations to the Chesapeake Family Preschool and Childcare Fair on January 26, where the pantry will have a table. You may leave donations at any of the following addresses:
Nate’s Open Door, US Coast Guard Yard (Must have valid photo id to enter the base. If no staff are present at the pantry, donations can be left inside the pantry door.)
2401 Hawkins Point Road
Baltimore, MD 21226
711 Fairway Drive
Annapolis, MD 21409
8025 Belhaven Avenue
Pasadena, MD 21122
2116 Commissary Circle
Odenton, MD 21113
Helping Hands of America Inc.
Odenton Volunteer Fire Department
1425 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113
Drop off Times:
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
If you prefer to make a monetary donation, the pantry is a 501(c)3 non-profit, it is tax deductible. Donations can be made via Paypal to BACGSpouses@yahoo.com. Gift cards to local gas stations, grocery stores, and dollar stores are also welcome.
To learn more about Nate’s Open Door, check out the video of our visit on Facebook.