Sulphur Chamber of Commerce collects food, supplies for workers impacted by government shutdown

SULPHUR, Okla. (KXII) The Sulphur Chamber of Commerce is collecting food for local federal workers impacted by the government shutdown.

The workers have not received a paycheck in more than a month.

"A lot of the people in town have heard their concerns," Chamber president Lynn Hickman said. "That's why we decided to start collecting for these families."

Hickman said there are more than 30 federal workers in Murray County in need.

Many of them work at Chickasaw National Recreation Area.

The Chamber is collecting diapers, toiletries and food, including refrigerated and frozen items.

Chamber member Mistie Ibarra owns Air Donkey Zipline in Davis, OK.

She donated to the food drive on Wednesday.

"(I have) never been in their position but I can truly understand what they're going through right now," Ibarra said.

Sulphur Resident Melody Glover said she donated because she thought it was her duty.

"I just feel like it's what (we), Americans, should do for our federal employees that did not ask for this government shutdown," Glover said. β€œIt should be up to us to help them at this time of need because we all may be in need sometime and would like someone to help us.”

Around 10 workers from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area stopped by the Chamber building Wednesday afternoon to get food.

They could not speak on camera, but tell News 12 they are very grateful to everyone who donated.

Federal workers impacted by the shutdown can come by the Chamber office to pick up food, but must show an ID or past pay stub.

Hickman said the food drive ends Tues. Jan. 29.

"Sulphur and Davis are great," Hickman said. "We expect the donations to start coming in pretty heavy, pretty quick.”

"Even if it's just a little bit, bring whatever you can because every little bit counts," Ibarra said.

Drop off hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Chamber will also collect food Tuesday night on Jan. 29 at the Sulphur High School basketball game.