Tis the season to give back. A group of strangers came together to help a Utica bartender, who had to put her wedding on hold due to the coronavirus, with a $400 tip.

Emma Deis works at Nail Creek Pub in Utica. She was brought to tears by the generosity of complete strangers, who have come together donating money to Kitchen Chaos Pays Off, helping those who need it most. "I've always seen things like this happening and thought it was so sweet, but never thought it would happen to me." said Deis through her tears.

Deis has planned to get married in September, on the 10th anniversary of her first date. Those plans had to be put on hold because of COVID. The coronavirus not only postponed her wedding, it's hurting her livelihood. Deis relies on tips but with less people eating and drinking, those tips aren't what they use to be.

Watch the tearful surprise complete with a surprise serenade from Rainbow, who just happened to walk in when we handed Deis holiday help.

Every Friday in the month of December, we're surprising someone who could use a little help, especially during a COVID Christmas. If you want to help too, you can donate on Venmo @Polly-McAdams or Paypal at https://paypal.me/PollyMcAdams. If you want to mail a check, email Polly@bigfrog104.com for an address.

This is the third server Kitchen Chaos Pays Off has helped during the holidays. We have one more to go this week.


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