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My Pocket People owner offers work to friends affected by government shutdown: ‘The more Pocket People I sell, the more I can help them’

Debbie Rutkowski, owner of My Pocket People, is hoping to provide more work for her friends who are affected by the government shutdown.

Debbie Rutkowski of Alden is grateful she’s gotten so much positive feedback since her business, My Pocket People, was first featured on Sweet Buffalo. Since then, the small act of love that is leaving a big impact has been featured locally and globally in the media.

My Pocket People is a business she created after her son, Nathan, was having a hard time going to school. She wanted to give him something to remind him of her, so she pulled a few beads together on a string, tucked them away in his pocket, and said, “This is me.” Now she’s able to hear other parent’s stories as they share how My Pocket People have helped their children cope.

”It’s been such an incredible experience getting to know these families and learning how Pocket People is making a difference in their lives,” she said.

But now that Rutkowski feels so blessed that her business has started to take off, she is thinking of those who are having a difficult time. Two of her friends have been affected financially by the government shutdown. Their husbands work for the Border Patrol and without their income, they are having a hard time making ends meet. She’s offered them some work here and there to help them as of recent, but she’d like to offer them more.

“I go by the saying, ‘When you have what you need, build a bigger table, not a higher fence. I feel like…I might not know if I can pay my bills tomorrow, but they have bills today. I can help today,” she said.

If you’re interested in purchasing My Pocket People, visit and know that you’re helping someone today.

Alden mom creates ‘Pocket People’ for kids with anxiety to take to school

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