A sign indicates that the Lincoln Memorial and all national parks are closes October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill last night. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The partial government shutdown is squeezing a number of programs that help people in need.
So, across the country, donors big and small are opening their wallets to help keep some of those programs afloat.
A pair of Texas philanthropists pledged up to $10 million to help Head Start programs affected by the shutdown. A university in New Hampshire decided to offer scholarships to active-duty military personnel whose tuition assistance has been switched off by the shutdown. And in Arkansas, people have been donating to a nonprofit organization since the shutdown froze a stipend some of its workers receive.
The shutdown began Oct. 1, and it's not clear when it will end.
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