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Local businesses lending hand to furloughed federal workers with freebies

Several businesses in the Washington D.C. area made news when they offered free food and other items to furloughed federal workers to show support during the government shutdown.

Now, Tampa Bay area businesses are joining in to help local employees who are being affected.


Sprouts is offering a free play and music classes for furloughed families during the month of October. Visit the website for class schedule. Sprouts Kids Play/Music & Art is at 1219 Hummingbird Lane, Brandon. Call (813)653-2233 for more information or visit http://www.sproutskids.com


Revolution Ice Cream Co., 220 W. Brandon Blvd., in Brandon is offering two free scoops to furloughed federal employees during the shutdown.  https://www.facebook.com/TheRevolutionIceCreamCo.


The Florida Aquarium in Tampa is offering free admission to federal employees plus one guest during the shutdown. The aquarium is located at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. http://tbo.com/freeandcheapblog/free-aquarium-admission-offered-to-federal-employees-during-shutdown-20131003/


AMC Theaters is offering a free small popcorn to both furloughed federal workers and veterans, valid ID required, until Oct. 10. No movie ticket purchase is necessary. To find a location near you, visit http://www.amctheatres.com/.


Those who have cars financed through Hyundai Finance America by eligible furloughed employees can take advantage of deferring payments during the shutdown. For more information, visit http://hfmusa.com.


Know of other local businesses who are lending a hand? Drop us a line at [email protected].

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