Jackson storage business prepares to help federal workers during potential shutdown


Another potential government shutdown is expected to happen at the end of this week and the fear of not being paid is becoming all too familiar to federal workers, but one storage company in Jackson is looking to lend a hand.

Essential Storage in Jackson set a goal to fill a 5×10 storage unit with non-perishable foods to help out federal workers who won’t be paid during a government shutdown.

Mary Hall, is an operations manager and the one who came up with the idea. She says she watched her friends who are air traffic controlers in Chicago struggle from empty paycheck to the next and wanted a way to help out people in her area.

“There’s a chance of a potential shutdown and we want to be prepared and I want the pantries to be prepared,” said Hall.

She says food with protein, like tunafish and peanut butter, are the most recommended food items.

The food will be donated to the Compassionate Ministries and the Jackson Food Pantry.

“It’s a commitment that we made and we want to keep going on with that commitment,” said Hall.

They are planning to accept donations until the 13th and will enter everyone who donated into a raffle to win a Valentines Day Date Night in basket.

The donations will be accepted at Essential Storage’s three locations at 2537 Shirley Dr., Jackson,  1245 E. McDevitt Ave, Vandercook Lake, and Chelsea Self Storage, 18000 Brown Drive.

Hall added that if the unit doesn’t get filled by the 13th, they will still keep going until it is completely full.

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