DENVER (CBS4) – Hundreds of TSA employees at the Denver International Airport continue to work without pay due to the 22-day government shutdown. Boots 66, a non-profit organization in Colorado, has ensured that these employees are fed properly and free of charge.
Boots 66 was originally created to pay tribute to soldiers killed in action. However, over time, they have evolved into an organization that gives back to those who are forced to deal with situations beyond their control. Now the two-man group is diversifying to help government employees.
"With the closure of the government, these TSA workers are working here, but they are not paid. Many of them are young, many are just starting out and do not have the money. And, they live paycheck payday, "said Wes Love. "Doing nothing is not an option."
Love and his colleague set up a catering line in the Denver International Airport terminal to feed TSA employees.
"We will probably feed at least 1,000 people," Love said. "It's free, everything is free to have, eat, and everything will be fine, we'll help you."
Boots 66 has purchased meat, bread, cookies and more to provide TSA employees with the basic necessities of lunch. They served hundreds of meals Saturday and Sunday at DIA.
"America is known for its help around the world. So we help ours, "said Love.
TSA employees have been seen moving away from the Boots 66 booth with handfuls of food, smiles and more. Many expressed their gratitude to nonprofit.
Some might argue that a simple lunch should not be a financial burden for full-time employees, but according to Mr. Love, the closure was clearly affecting the accounts of those who work for the TSA.
"When you have seven or eight people waiting for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it tells you something," Love said.
If you would like to donate to Boots 66 or provide meals, contact Wes Love. You can reach him at (303) 332-8121 or online at COBoots66@Good Non profit