During the month long government shutdown, government workers had to go without paychecks. Sure, there would be back-pay when the government re-opened, but in the meantime, some were finding it hard to put food on the table. That's when the generosity of Mainers came to the rescue with gifts found in an unlikely place.

The Bangor Daily News reports that TSA workers at the Portland Jetport were finding Hannaford gift cards in the bins that we all use to put all our things in to run through the scanners before boarding. The cards were showing up for about a week before the shutdown came to an end on Friday. The cards were pooled together and used to set up a mini food pantry in the break room where people could grab whatever they needed to get them through.

That's just how we do it here in Maine. Helping each other out in a time of need.