Havelock businesses helping out furloughed base workers

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 05:04 PM.

"What we’re here to do is provide them with a service at a lesser cost," she said.

Cambron, an aircraft mechanic, is one of about 3,300 Fleet Readiness Center East workers facing furlough days. Another 1,100 civilian workers at Cherry Point are also affected. The furloughs, in response to government sequestration, do not impact active-duty military.

Cambron was in Our Town Café for lunch Friday with his wife Lorale and their two daughters, Emmaleigh and Madi.

"I think it’s awesome that they’re giving back to us," he said. "They’re helping us out. The food is great. It’s just awesome coming in and having someone that can support us and everything."

Patty Aswad, owner of Crabby Patty’s in Havelock, also decided to institute a discount on Fridays with a $5.95 lunch special.

"We just figured that everybody could use help because they are being cut back like 20 percent on Fridays and not being able to work … ," she said.

Aswad said that she believed the furloughs and associated loss of income would impact Havelock.

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