Giving Back to Furloughed Government Workers with Free Fuel
Last week, Filld partnered with iHeartRadio and donated over 2,500 gallons of gas to more than 300 furloughed workers impacted by the government shutdown. Filld trucks met lines of affected workers in Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and pumped up to 10 gallons of free gas into each of their tanks.
Since launching our D.C. service last year, we realized we had an opportunity to reach out and help people in a time of need. Many recipients shared tearful thanks, gratitude and a few hugs with Filld founder, Scott Hempy, who was on site to meet with workers that day.
“I really see this as the duty of businesses being good members of the community,” Scott said. “Being on the ground truly helped me appreciate the nature of the situation that some of these furloughed folks are in currently, and how a simple 10 gallons of gas can make a difference to their lives.”
We refilled our trucks twice to meet the needs of those who waited in line, like James, a furloughed employee in D.C. He showed up hours early because he needed to get to the food bank for his next meal but only had 4 miles worth of gas in his tank. He lives just two blocks from one of Filld’s pop-up locations and was able to get enough gas to drive to the food bank.
Faith, a worker in Bethesda, needed to drive her mother to cataract surgery that would restore her sight, but because of the shutdown, she was stuck with her tank on empty. However, after Filld stepped in, Faith and her mother were on the road again and made it to the appointment without rescheduling.
At the day’s end, Filld delivered about 2,500 gallons of gas to furloughed government workers. We’re glad to have extended a hand to folks in need and given back to our D.C. and Maryland community.