Photo courtesy Sam's Club
News 12 at 11 O'clock / Saturday, October 5, 2013
Augusta, G.a. (WRDW) - A military ID is all you need.
"We want them to know that we're behind and we want to help out," said Sam's Club Manager, Eric Farrell.
Five days and counting in the government shutdown which means Fort Gordon is feeling strain.
"We can't even go shop at the grocery store on base," said Heidi Clemons, a military wife to a soldier at Fort Gordon.
Another setback on top of the one she and her family are already dealing with.
"We were on our way to Phoenix and we got the phone call that don't come, there's no money, stay where you are, stay here," she said.
Now, she and her husband are left scrambling around to make sure they have everything they need.
And with a free Sam's Club membership while the shutdown continues, they're grateful.
The free membership benefits means she'll get in free and scoop up the savings.
"I can come in and see what's available and make the most of the money that we actually do have to make it stretch a little farther," said Clemons.
Ferrall says, "It's a great experience when we can waive that fee and invite them into the club."
A business he says has stood behind the military from the beginning.
"We try to stay active with the military and with our veterans and try to do a lot for them because they sacrificed so much for us," said Farrell.
So he wants to give a little something in return, his businesses support.
"As long as those commissaries operations are down domestically, we're going to keep doing this," he said.
A comforting feeling while Heidi and her family while they continue to call Augusta their home.
"Through the hard times, they're there for us and they understand a little bit of what we're going through," she said.