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Local businesses lending a hand to furloughed federal workers with freebies

Posted Oct 4, 2013 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Oct 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Several businesses in the Washington D.C. area made news this week 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 honor our local folks who are being affected by this struggle.

Tun-Du-Ree is offering free mango lassi drinks for the entire family when a federal employee ID is presented. The offer is good on Friday, Oct. 4 only. Tun-Du-Ree is located at 513 N. Franklin St., Tampa.

Revolution Ice Cream Co. in Brandon is offering two free scoops to furloughed federal employees during the shutdown. Revolution Ice Cream is located at 220 W. Brandon Blvd.

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 Dr., Tampa.

AMC Theaters is reportedly 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

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

Know of other local businesses who are lending a hand? Drop us a line at

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