BY VALERIE LEVIER
Pending another government shutdown this week, The Villager commends all who helped fellow Americans during the last shutdown that lasted 35 days.
Colorado nonprofit Boots 66 fed TSA employees free of charge and provided them with additional items like cleaning and paper products, dog and cat food and more. The food line was set up in the terminal at DIA and at any given time you could see eight to 10 employees waiting in line for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or turkey sandwich.
The employees were so grateful to have a simple meal provided, many stated that it was relief to not worry about spending money on lunch while they were waiting for the shutdown to be resolved and a paycheck to come.
Wes Love one of the founders of the organization stated that they provided about 1,000 meals a day during the many days they set up the food line at DIA.
Boots 66 originally started as an “organization dedicated to preserving the memory of Colorado’s fallen heroes who were lost as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Boots 66 was founded by Love and Tony Brenning both military veterans. Now they also help people who face extreme circumstances. The local organization relies on donations and has delivered food, clothing and supplies to many victims over the last five years including the California wildfire victims in Paradise, and Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston, Texas.
For more information contact COBoots66@yahoo.com.
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