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Green Country bank helping during federal shutdown

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 10/03/2013 6:43 pm Published: 10/03/2013 5:30 pm

A Green Country bank is helping local furloughed federal employees.

It should help those who work for Muskogee's largest employer, a VA regional office.

The bank's sign says, "We can help." FOX23 learned furloughed federal employees don't have even to be a customer to get help from Firstar Bank.

"We won't make any money, we're not here to make money -- we're doing it to help those that need the help," said Firstar Bank Chairman Mike Leonard.

He is aware furloughed federal employees won't get paychecks.

“If they are a customer that has existing loans we can defer a payment for them while they're not getting a paycheck," he said.

But he knows paycheck money goes towards more than existing loans.

"They may still have to make a house payment they may have to buy groceries," he said.

And they still have to put food on the table, that's what he says the bank wants to help them, and people who aren't customers do.

Leonard said he knows a lot of people in the community so he says he started thinking.

"When we heard about all the furloughs we go to thinking, 'What's going to happen to our friends, our neighbors, our coworkers?'" he said.

He said some of those coworkers' spouses work in the federal building.

He said the emergency assistance has no fees, a low interest rate paid over 12 months, and at least a 640 credit score.

But he said if you don't have that don't worry, "Come see us. let's see if we can find a cosigner to help you. Come see us."

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