Eau Claire (WQOW) - A community of local bartenders and servers will soon be turning their tips into donations for Harvey victims in Texas.
Shane Johnson, a bartender at Mousetrap Tavern in Eau Claire, used to live in Texas, about an hour away from Houston. He said learning about Harvey and the devastation it caused for thousands of families, he felt a calling to help out.
In late August, Johnson started a private Facebook group, consisting of mostly members who worked as bartenders or servers in the area. It was there the idea of turning tips into donation dollars for Harvey victims was born.
Johnson said two days later, nearly 40 people from 11 different local businesses signed up wanting to help in the effort.
"This is our time that we can give back... People are giving up their tips that could go toward things like diapers, electric, food -- some people can't make it but are still showing that they can help those who need it most," Johnson said.
While they still haven't decided which organizations to donate the funds to, Johnson said they hope to make a decision before the end of next week and want to make sure the funds go toward a credible organization that will help the vast majority of people who were affected by Harvey.
Johnson said between tips and monetary donations from other businesses in town, he hopes they can raise between $7,000 to $10,000. He said he also plans to set up a Go Fund Me account next week for those who'd rather donate online.
Several employees from the following establishments will be voluntarily donating 75 to 100 percent of their tips during their shifts: