Airport accepting donations for workers working without pay

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Reno-Tahoe International Airport is accepting donations of gift cards and cash from the public to help government employees who are not being paid during the federal government shutdown.

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The airport says the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority kicked off the program with 170 $100 gift cards.

Employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are working without paychecks. Gift cards and cash that can help them purchase basic necessities like food, diapers, medicine and more will be accepted at the front desk of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority offices during regular business hours.

The airport is allowing the public to park for free in the parking garage for ten minutes to provide time to walk in and drop donations off at the offices adjacent to the ski statue in the terminal between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A statement from the airport reads, "While recent food donations have been appreciated, the duration of the shut down has made cash and gift cards a more useful contribution to help the employees and their families."