Local businesses and organizations help workers during shutdown

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Central Texas businesses and organizations are coming together to provide some relief to local federal workers.

The City of Lampasas announced on Wednesday it’s offering help to federal employees affected by the government shutdown by deferring utility bills.

“The city would like to do its part to try to help out anyone that’s going through, you know, financial hardship for whatever reason that may be,” says Assistant City Manager Gary Cox.

Initially, they will extend the due date of the bill for up to ten days or offer the customer a contract which would allow them up to six months to pay off any amounts due.  

“You know, we just want to make sure we get the word out. That this is an option,” Cox says. 

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The Waco Diaper Bank is offering relief. The organization is partnering with different agencies to distribute diapers to workers not receiving pay.

“And so, if there are federal workers who are in need right now, we’ve provided extra this month to Caritas – so that way you can go and get diapers if you need them for your children,” says Director Ellen Filgo.

And for those who need their uniforms cleaned, The Laundry Room is offering free dry cleaning. 

“My husband and I were driving down the street the other day and he said, ‘You know, there’s a lot of people that probably need to get their uniforms cleaned and they don’t have the money to pay for it.’ He says ‘That’s the least we can do to help them out,'” says store manager Laurie Leonard.

You can head to their Woodway, Valley Mills. Lake Shore and Baylor locations.

“We did without you, you know. We were on that port side of the park, and we understand that you have to have help from at least somebody. And so, we have that and we’re paying it forward,” says owner Steve Leonard.

Affected individuals can contact Lampasas Public Utility at 512-556-3641.

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