Fran Arcaro tidies up the counter at her Pittston restaurant, Arcaro’s The Next Generation, which is offering free pizza to workers affected by the government shutdown. - Connor Moffitt | Sunday Dispatch
Wally Kulick is offering free services to government employees at his salon, Just For You Salon in Dupont. - Submitted Photo
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PITTSTON — The record breaking government shutdown is now in its fourth week and that means many area federal employees are missing out on another paycheck. Working without pay for nearly a month can create an obvious hardship on a family, and communities across the nation are stepping up to help out those affected.
Some greater Pittston businesses are taking the opportunity to do their part to help
Fran Arcaro, Pittston, opened Arcaro’s The Next Generation almost a year ago in downtown Pittston. Her husband was a government employee for over 20 years before passing away two years ago, so she knows the effect a long shutdown can have on families.
“I know what it was like to be in a bad spot,” Arcaro said. “A lot of people that we know are hurting, and they’re good working people.”
To help those people, Arcaro’s The Next Generation is offering free food to government employees affected by the shutdown.
The eatery is offering two slices of pizza and a can of soda for free for workers with official identification or credentials, which can be claimed from Monday to Saturday. On Mondays, Arcaro is also offering a free 16” pizza per affected family. The offer is good for those wishing to dine in or take out.
Wally Kulick, of Pittston, is showing his gratitude to those continuing to work without pay by offering complimentary services at his salon, Just You Salon, in Dupont.
“To any government employee affected by the current shutdown, please know we are in this together,” Kulick sasid in a Facebook post. “It will be our pleasure to do our part in providing a little comfort as we know it is a difficult time.”
According to the post, anyone interested in taking part in this offer may call the salon at 570-654-0400 and mention their situation to schedule an appointment.