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These North Texas businesses are helping government workers as historic shutdown continues

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Editor’s note: This list will be updated as the partial government shutdown continues.

As the government shutdown wraps up its fourth week, some Dallas businesses are doing what they can to support federal workers. One company is even offering jobs to North Texas federal employees struggling to make ends meet.

The shutdown has become the longest in modern history as nearly 35,000 Texans with federal jobs are about to mark one whole month without pay, according to a Texas Tribune analysis of U.S. Office of Personnel Management staffing-level data.

Good faith efforts by companies assisting those affected negatively by national political action like the government shutdown are another example of a growing trend suggesting Americans want to see businesses take a stand for social change, according to cause marketing expert and Engage For Good president David Hessekiel.

Below is a list of Dallas-Fort Worth companies and organizations that have offered deals and services to help government employees:

YMCA

The YMCA of metropolitan Dallas is waiving fees for federal members and offering free workouts to nonmember federal workers. The decision falls in line with the organization’s mission to unite and support community members, according to a statement provided to NBC 5.

Alamo Drafthouse is offering free movies through the month of January, “to cure shutdown blues,” according to a post shared on the company’s D-FW Facebook page. The offer is valid Monday through Thursday, and workers are asked to present a federal ID at the box office.

AT&T

AT&T is offering “flexible payment options” to workers affected by the shutdown so that they can keep their cellphone service going.

“We’re here to help ease the burden of trying to pay bills on time during the shutdown. As long as the shutdown is in effect, our customer service team will adjust late fees, provide extensions, and coordinate with you on revised payment schedules,” the company said in a statement.

T-Mobile and Verizon are also offering flexible payment options.

Twisted Trompo

Taco shop Twisted Trompo has said it will sell $1 tacos to government workers as long as the current partial shutdown continues. The company said in a statement that it would be selling the tacos “all day, every day, until the M.F. shutdown ends.”

Peek’s Floor Co.

Family-owned business Peek’s Floor Co. is offering jobs to Dallas-area workers affected by the shutdown. The company is looking for help in its warehouses and said that its “hope is that this will inspire other private companies to do the same,” according to CBS DFW.

Federal workers can call the Dallas Flooring Warehouse to apply for work at 214-205-0116. The company said it is also in the process of adding resources to its website where workers can submit their applications to work for them.

Operation Kindness

Operation Kindness is offering free bags of pet food and cat litter to federal employees.

“The Operation Kindness Pet Food Pantry is about helping owners keep their pets, and they do not want federal employees to worry about feeding or surrendering them,” the organization said, requesting that employees bring a federal ID.

Employees can pick up the pet supplies at Operation Kindness’ Pet Food Pantry at 3953 Belt Line Road, Addison, TX 75001.

Dallas Symphony and The Dallas Holocaust Museum

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Holocaust Museum are both offering free tickets to federal workers with ID to ease the burden of the shutdown.

Symphony tickets are free now through mid-February, and tickets can be picked up at the Dallas Symphony Guest Services Center at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Federal workers are invited to tour the Dallas Holocaust Museum’s permanent and special exhibitions during the following times:

Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is also opening its doors to federal workers. Workers are invited to enjoy free admission during regular business hours for themselves and one guest. The offer is valid through the end of January.

North Texas Food Bank

The North Texas Food Bank is partnering with the Tarrant County Food Bank to distribute produce and nonperishable food items to airport employees affected by the continuing government shutdown.

It deployed its mobile food bank to DFW Airport on Friday and will send it to Dallas Love Field Monday.

The organization plans to send SNAP counselors who can help furloughed workers get money they can use toward purchases of nutritious food. They are also partnering with local agencies to find another location where they can serve those outside the airport in the future.

The food bank encourages all other federal employees, and anyone who faces hunger, to look up their local agency for assistance.

Hope Supply Co.

Dallas-based nonprofit Hope Supply Co. is offering a week’s worth of free diapers, as well as baby wipes and baby and adult hygiene products to federal workers who present an ID.

The organization will be distributing products Friday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Hope Supply Co. office at 10480 Shady Trail, Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75220.

TXU Energy

TXU Energy is providing customer assistance programs to those adversely affected by the government shutdown, according to a statement by the company.

Affected federal workers will be eligible for waived late fees, deferred payment arrangements upon request, and continued support through TXU Energy Aid.

Are you a business owner in Dallas-Fort Worth offering assistance to furloughed government workers, or know of one that is? Let us know by emailing ddifurio@dallasnews.com.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly named Peek’s Floor Co. It has been updated to reflect the company’s name.

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