MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Several federal employees and community supporters held a rally in Memphis Friday to end the government shutdown.
The group met downtown at Civic Center Plaza.
Mildred Foster was among the crowd. She has been an IRS employee for 24 years.
"I love doing my job and I really want to get back to work so I can help the taxpayers," said Foster.
She said over the last 30 plus days, she's seen many of her friends and colleagues in distress.
"Each one of them are single parens with three kids and some of them have school aged kids so it's been a struggle for them," said Foster.
Friday afternoon, President Trump announced a deal that will fund the government for three weeks and temporarily end the shutdown.
In his speech, he addressed federal employees like Foster.
"I want to thank all of the incredible federal workers and their amazing families who have shown such extraordinary devotion in the face of this recent hardship," said Trump.
Within an hour of the rally starting, the mood shifted with a sense of relief now that the shutdown has ended.
"I'm excited to be back and I know I'm speaking on behalf of my coworkers. They're excited as well to be back," said Foster.
Still, they hope the shutdown will end permanently.
“Hopefully they work it out where we can stay open and do our jobs,” said Foster.