Grand Haven opens hearts, wallets to Coast Guard members

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — It happens every year during the third weekend in January: people line Harbor Drive in downtown Grand Haven for a little taste of summer.

Along with filling stomachs with a summer favorite, Pronto Pups owner Carl Nelson fills the need for various community organizations as well.

The money made is donated the various causes in the community.

This year’s proceeds will be part of the community-wide effort in Grand Haven to make sure members of the Coast Guard don't go without the essentials during the government shutdown.

“They didn't get paid on the 15th of this month, and they're hurting for food and money to pay the bills and gift cards to put gas in their car,” said Dave Karpin, who heads the local chapter of the Chief Petty Officer Association. “And they're still required to come to work.”

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