BANGOR – The partial government shutdown has been going on for a little over a month and federal employees are definitely starting to feel the effects. One Bangor woman decided to help those who are in need of everyday essentials.
It all started when Michele Richardson was poking around on Facebook wanting to see what was out there to help TSA agents, air traffic controllers, or anyone affected at the Bangor International Airport due to the shutdown.
When she couldn’t find any organizations she decided to make the first move.
“I had a couple of people pop on and say yeah that’s a good idea you should do that and I was like oh okay I’ll do it so I really didn’t have a plan I just created a facebook group made it public started just posting things and asking around and I just had a ton of momentum the last two days and I’m sort of blindsided I’m a little overwhelmed,” said Richardson.
She said she can’t help with mortgages, electric, or phone bills but groceries are essential, “I’ve asked everyone just to be creative — anything that they could think of that they would need if they weren’t getting paid just items they need to go by.”
Bangor Federal Credit Union saw Michele’s Facebook post and wanted to give back too. They are donating grocery tote bags and gift cards to help families with anything extra they may need.
Bangor Federal Credit Union Director of Marketing Tina Morrill said, “Seeing that our community is affected by this I think its amazing and just wonderful that even whatever little part that Bangor federal gets to do really helps Michele bring awareness to this and to our Bangor community.”
Michele put together four locations where people can drop off items. The Bangor YMCA, Reality of Maine, Maine Aero Services, and Countrywide Trailer Registration.
The Bangor YMCA said they are already offering free memberships to federal employees and thought this was another great way to help out.
Youth Development Director Jennifer Laferte-Carlson said, “Bangor is a small town when it comes to the community so it’s our job to take care of each other.”
For a complete list of all necessary foods to drop off click here.