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Wed, Jan. 22

El Gato Azul collecting food, money for people affected by shutdown

El Gato Azul restaurant owner Barry Barbe is partnering with St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix to collect money and food for Grand Canyon National Park employees who were on furlough during the federal government shutdown.

Even though the park reopened Saturday, Barbe said food bank shelves are depleted there and that it would take weeks to restock them. The canyon employees also need help getting back on their feet because of the income they have lost, Barbe noted, speaking especially of the hospitality industry employees..

People who want to donate money or food items can take them to El Gato Azul, 316 W. Goodwin St., in Prescott, until the close of business Monday.

"This is a great opportunity for our community to 'pay it forward' and help those who have been sidelined and unassisted. Please join us in letting these people know they are not alone," Barbe said.

For more information on St. Mary's or to make a donation, visit

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