KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Kansas City has more than 15,000 federal workers.

Some of them are working without pay because of the shutdown.

One federal contractor turned to the internet for help to make it through.

More than 200 sympathizers have reached into their own wallets to help Julie Burr and her two children.

The Kansas City single mother says she’s a contracted federal worker out of work and losing pay each day the shutdown fight continues. She spoke Monday on CNN.

"I was given the advice to set up a GoFundMe and I made a goal of approximately two months of salary because I wasn't sure how much this would last,” said Julie Burr, a federal contract worker.

Her GoFundMe page has raised more than her initial goal of $5,000.

While Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion for a border wall grows louder.

One person who contributed to Burr’s online campaign wrote: “I am a single mother of two as well, and I know the struggle. Hold on!”

“That's going to help get us through. It helped with my January rent and more than likely will have to help with February rent also. So right now, I'm relying on that," said Burr. 

Matt Harris, a political science professor at Park University, says it will offer tuition assistance to military students during the partial government shutdown.

“The university is assisting those in the Coast Guard because they fall under the Department of Homeland Security, which is not being funded during the shutdown. Our assistance is that we are waiving the tuition for one class (up to three credit hours), as well as providing a $60 credit toward books for the members of the Coast Guard that are enrolled through Park," said Brad Biles, spokesman for Park University.

And for the first time, Trump will deliver a prime-time address from the Oval Office before his visit to the US-Mexico border.

“It’s really a chance for the President to use what we call use the bully pulpit and try to persuade the people who can then put pressure on congress,” Harris said.

Meantime, Trump says he may declare a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall as the shutdown looms.

“I think what the administration is doing right now trying to nail down if we do this what are the ramifications and how we would roll that out in terms of the specifics,” voiced Harris.

Trump would likely be challenged in court if he does declare a national emergency.

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