Every parent hopes they can instill in their children a sense of giving back, compassion and empathy. A Scott County father has found a way to do that with his daughter through a weekly program the two started together. Each week through a hot meal the two are serving up love to those in Lexington who may need a second helping of it.
Every Wednesday, just like clockwork at 6 p.m. you will find a weekly good deed going on in downtown Lexington. At first you might drive right by, but then you notice the line forming.
In the last two years a lot of people have counted on what’s happening under the Martin Luther King Blvd. overpass.
“This is the best day of my week being able to come down here,” Tom Viney said.
Tom and Allie Viney of Georgetown are a father and daughter duo serving up kindness with a side of compassion every single week.
“I wanted to do something to give back to the community. I was lucky enough to be involved in community activities growing up so I wanted something that I could get my daughter involved with as well,” said Viney.
In 2016 Tom was a father cooking up an idea to spend more time with his little girl. Allie, who was 12 at the time, remembers the first time hearing what he wanted them to do.
“He called up and said we are going to Lexington and bringing a big pot of soup and feed people. We went that night and it was the greatest feeling I have ever had in my life, and I knew right then we needed to do more of this,” Allie Viney said.
And so they did. In two years the Vineys have been a blessing to countless people. They turned that spur of the moment idea into a nonprofit called Serve. It’s a simple name, for what the Viney’s say is a simple weekly gesture.
“It’s really anyone in need, I don’t care if you are poor college student or someone who is struggling through a hard time. We are going to make sure they get a nice healthy meal,” said Tom Viney.
Serve now has an army of volunteers who show up week after week and to date have helped serve more than 10,000 meals.
At 14 now, Allie Viney has never missed a Wednesday. She has seen what a warm, healthy meal coupled with a smile can do for another’s soul.
“They are so appreciative, every single one of them. They are always so polite and say thank you,” Allie Viney said.
Each week people come and go. For a moment they don’t have to think about what’s next. They can just enjoy a meal and know that a father and daughter loves them enough to keep coming back week after week.
Tom and Allie insist it’s all of the volunteers who deserve the credit for keeping Serve going week after week. Many of those they serve each week say the meals the Viney’s and Serve prepare are some of the best they have ever had.