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Local church gives back to TSA agents who were unpaid during the shutdown

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Posted at 2:32 PM, Feb 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-03 15:32:22-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A local church is working to help TSA workers who were not paid during the 35 days of the government shutdown.

Brentwood Baptist Church showed their appreciation and support in the form of gifts to those BNA employees who continued working despite not being given a paycheck since before Christmas.

All 375 TSA workers currently employed at Nashville International Airport were given $20 Publix gift cards to assist them and their families until their next check arrives.

Members of the church delivered the gifts to the airport on Monday.

Brett Freemon, Brentwood Baptist Missions Mobilization Minister, noticed many TSA workers' demeanor throughout the shutdown and found it admirable.

“They have remained courteous and professional, even to the extent that they have demonstrated a positive attitude toward their jobs." Freemon said.

Brentwood Baptist Church isn't the only organization that has showed support to these federal workers in the last month. The Nashville Food Project and many other local non-profits have provided lunches to the TSA crew during the shutdown as well.

While all the help is appreciated, Wesley Henderson, TSA Assistant Federal Security Director for the airport said “If there is one thing that I can say that makes the biggest difference for our team at TSA it's for the public to extend a smile and a ‘thank you’. Those simple gestures are ways that everyone can give, and it makes a big impact on the lives of our teammates.”