Troy Polamalu And Wife Donate Gift Cards To 400 Furloughed Workers In Westmoreland County

The move will feed the workers and support local restaurants

Andrew Limberg
April 21, 2020 - 12:24 pm

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (93.7 The Fan) - Thanks to NFL Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu and his wife Theodora, over 400 furloughed Westmoreland County employees are being fed.

County officials told the Tribune Review Monday that the Polamalu's donated gift cards to Westmoreland-area restaurants to help the workers who are temporarily off the job due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Steelers’ training camp is in Latrobe, where Polamalu spent 12 summers as member of the Steelers.

Gina Cerilli, Westmoreland County Commissioner says she is grateful Polamalu hasn’t forgotten about Greensburg.

“I’m very appreciative that Mr. & Mrs. Polamalu donated funds to purchase gift cards for our furloughed Westmoreland County employees, said Cerilli. "Government employees are not working to become rich. They work for the government because they want to make a difference in public service.  Lots of employees work paycheck to paycheck and like most Americans are currently facing a very difficult time. 

The Polamalu’s found out about Westmoreland County having to make the difficult decision to furlough their employees through the media. The Steelers spend about a month a year n Westmoreland County during training camp in Latrobe. Of course, they feel a connection with Latrobe & Westmoreland County and want to help out our employees & local businesses during this tough time."

Since all the restaurants selected are in Westmoreland County, Cerilli says it will help more people the area.

“It’s a win-win to help small local restaurants survive as well as provide a meal to our employee’s family.” 

The county currently has the gift cards and will distributing them to the furloughed employees shortly.

25 percent of Westmoreland County’s workforce was furloughed and while they hope to get everyone back on the job soon, there is currently no timetable for a return.

A majority of the furloughed employees work at the County Courthouse while essential employees like prison, nursing home and 911 center workers are still putting in normal hours.

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