Two area organizations are joining together to help local citizens that are suffering financially from the continued government shutdown. The Lowndes County United Way and Building Bridges of Hope are working to help over 40 area residents that are working without pay.

Glenda Buckhalter, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the City of Columbus and Officer and Director of Building Bridges of Hope, a Mississippi 501(c)(3), is leading an effort to help these employees of the TSA from the Golden Triangle Airport, the Federal Correctional Institution in Aliceville and employee of the USDA in the area. All have been working without pay since the shutdown of the federal government.

“These employees need our help,” Buckhalter said. “They have now missed two paychecks and the expenses continue for them. We are working to collect gas cards, store cards, restaurant cards to help them. Everything donated will go to assist them directly. We will put these gifts directly into their hands. Any cash donated will be used to purchase gas or store cards for these employees.”

Last week Building Bridges of Hope received and distributed gas cards for the 10 TSA employees at the airport, but that need continues.

“We gave each of them a $50 gas card, but that doesn’t take long to use, now we want to do more,” Buckhalter added.

To donate, call Buckhalter at 662-244-3525. The Lowndes County United Way is also accepting designated donations for this effort too. The United Way phone line is under repair, so email them at

The group plans to make the donations on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.