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Insurance Partners of Acadiana paying it forward to non-essential workers

IPOA will go live every Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Posted at 7:14 PM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 22:10:33-04

The Blue Moon is where Mike Larson bartends during the day and hit the stage as a musician at night - but both are no longer options for an income.

"Anything you get really does help. We're trying to keep everything low and not spend much money right now, so any extra income is a big support," said Larson.

Long-time friend Patrick Newsom with Insurance Partners of Acadiana saw Mike using his musical talents via Facebook to gain some extra tips and wanted to get involved.

"A couple of weeks later I was like, maybe we can kind of take his idea and blast it up and start helping other people," Newsom explained.

Every Wednesday, IPOA has vowed to have a musician go live at 6 p.m. and anyone who is able has the option to donate what they wish to the cause.

"They basically just open up the Facebook live video and they are able to click the link of the Venmo," said Newsom. "So all the funds are actually directed to the individual."

Patrick says they're hoping to shine some light on those considered non-essential, especially those in the food service industry who survive off of tips.

He added, "We're all kind of struggling right now, especially all the bartenders and musicians who don't make a ton of money who work very hard. We're all trying to figure it out."

IPOA say they don't have a set goal on how much money they want to raise; however, if a simple light bill gets paid for the month - that's something.

You can watch the Facebook lives each Wednesday night here.