Three organizations in Sioux Falls are teaming up to help furloughed government workers.
The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center is one of the companies accepting donations for people who haven’t received a paycheck due to the government shutdown.
“A lot of us out here and throughout the community know people that have been affected by the government shutdown, and who have been furloughed and it really just came from that. Knowing people who are hurting right now and wanting to try and do something for them,” Director of Sponsorship Sales, Rick Huffman, said.
The Denny Sanford PREMIER Center isn’t the only place you can drop off items for furloughed workers.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls Hy-Vee stores have also teamed up with the PREMIER Center to collect basic necessities for people impacted by the shutdown.
“We’re looking for nonperishable food items, personal hygiene stuff, anything that you’d think is kind of a day to day consumption thing that a family that now doesn’t have a paycheck, something that they could have and could use,” Fire Chief, Brad Goodroad, said.
Thursday was the first day of the fundraiser and already the community is showing its full support.
“I think this is a very appropriate and wonderful program,” Jan Klawiter said.
The items will be distributed to furloughed workers at the arena on February 2.
Many other establishments throughout KELOLAND are also offering their services for furloughed workers.