GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The government shutdown IS impacting a number of workers at Gerald R. Ford International Airport, including Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration employees. With bills piling up, many are left wondering how they will make ends meet.
On Monday, some of the furloughed workers picketed across the street, while those who were working got a generous surprise: some West Michigan restaurants and businesses came together to donate food and gift cards.
Ace Marasigan helped organize the idea and put the plan together after talking with a friend who Is a TSA agent. Determined to help, he made a Facebook post and in just two days attracted a dozen businesses wanting to help.
“The main idea is for them to realize that the community is behind them," Marasigan said. "They are very happy to accept food donations and gift card donations less than $20."
Townsquare Media donated $2,000 worth of gift cards for TSA employees.
“I have a bunch of friends who are involved in the business community that are really focused about giving back and being there to show support as a community,” said Stephanie Gonda, director of sales and marketing for Townsquare Media.
Organizers say they hope the shutdown ends soon but are planning to make donations again if it doesn't.