Fundraisers set up in Lexington area to help unemployed servers and bartenders

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The latest round of government shutdowns comes as people are preparing for the holidays. It’s inspired some Kentuckians to focus on the giving spirit this year.

Servers and bartenders are either unemployed or not making tips like they used to. Down in London, Taylor Davidson and Codi Proffitt started “adopt-a-server.” They have several donors who help sponsor children of servers, giving them Christmas presents and gift cards.

So far they’ve helped 23 families, or a total of 60 children.

Kelsey Mattingly, of Lexington, and her sister Katy are also collecting funds, which will go to bartenders of craft beer breweries in Lexington. Their goal is to raise $5,000 or $500 for each brewery.

But these organizers can’t do it alone. They’re hoping for some help from the community.

“I personally wanted to help since March and I just didn’t know how to. And I know that there’s so many people out there that are in the situation, so we have given this opportunity for you to be able to help so if you can please just help. However you can,” Proffitt said.

If you’d like to help, you can find Adopt-a-Server on Facebook here.

You can also donate to the Lexington Craft Beer Bartender Fund here.

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