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Vegas family desperate for government shutdown to end

Shutdown forcing a local family to use food banks, stamps
Posted at 7:40 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 12:38:32-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As the historic government shutdown enters day 33, one Las Vegas family is desperate for a resolution.

Laurie Wall is a mother of three, but instead of enjoying her evenings with her family, she and her husband are trying to figure out how to keep their family going, as the government shutdown continues.

Laurie is still going to work every day, but it's been over a month since she's received a paycheck. She knows some people say, you should have been better prepared, but she says at a certain point, there's only so much you can be prepared for.

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"How would you handle it? You don't have anything saved up. When you did, it's already gone. And people are saying, oh well you should have more saved up. How? When you're living paycheck to paycheck, how can you do that? What options do we have? We've already exhausted everything we had saved up," Wall said.

So now, Laurie's days are filled with not just work, but going to the diaper bank, the food bank, applying for food stamps, and looking for creative ways to make money.

"We've already sold everything, pawned everything. Everything we have now is just necessities," Wall said.

Laurie's not alone either. As local pawn shop owners say more people are looking at their options, the longer the shutdown lasts.

"They're very hesitant. Most of these people have never been in a pawn shop before so we try to lighten the load, feel friendly when they come in and treat them right," Michael Mack, with Max Pawn, said.