Airport collects gift cards for furloughed workers


Huntsville International Airport is helping TSA and FAA workers who are on the job but haven’t been paid due to the government shutdown by holding a gift card drive.

There are currently 80 TSA and FAA employees who are working there without pay. Airport officials say the community support for these furloughed workers has been strong. Recently, folks have brought in food donations and have been asking how they can help these employees affected by the shutdown. 

“As the next paycheck they were going to miss got closer and the community started to say ‘What can we do?’ and ‘How can we help?’, we had to come up with a way for the community to get involved and show support, and that was through gift cards,” said Jana Kuner, Public Relations Manager at Huntsville International Airport.

Kuner said the TSA and FAA employees at the airport are very appreciative for the support of the community. 

“It has built their moral. It has made them feel positive,” said Kuner.

Gift cards can be donated in the Airport administrative office, which is located on the second floor of the airport— right across from the hotel check-in desk.  The cards can be brought there anytime Monday through Friday between 8AM until 5PM.

Donated gift cards cannot exceed $20 a piece, and they must be to a specific store or restaurant– not Visa or Mastercard gift cards. Grocery store or gas station gift card donations are especially encouraged.

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