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Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul Join Together to Donate Money to Laid-Off Bartenders

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By Zachary Holt

The two former cast members of the hit show, 'Breaking Bad' are deciding to do some good. Since the coronavirus pandemic began to manifest itself throughout the country, countless businesses have closed, resulting in people left without a means to pay bills and support their families.

And while a stimulus package was finally approved in the Senate shortly after midnight, it may be weeks before people are able to have the money in their accounts. So, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul took a page out of Ryan Reynold's Aviation Gin company's book and is pledging to donate a portion of their sales to the bartenders who have, unfortunately, lost their jobs.

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Cranston and Paul Take to Instagram to Share Their Donation Announcement

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The former co-stars started Dos Hombres mezcal company in 2019 after their 'Breaking Bad' careers came to an end. But with their new alcohol brand, they're hoping that they can help out some of the service industry workers who lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Both Cranston and Paul took to their respective Instagram pages to share the news. In the picture, the duo can be seen enjoying a sip from one of their company's products. "Good idea @vancityreynolds, let’s all pitch in. @DosHombres Mezcal is on board with #tipyourbartenders," they wrote on their Instagram pages.

'Whatever Your Choice of Drink, Let's All Raise a Glass to Our Commitment to #FlattenThe Curve'

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According to the actors, they will donate 30 percent of their Dos Hombres sales through May 1 to the United States Bartender’s Guild, which has set up an emergency fund to help assist bartenders who have been laid off from their jobs.

"We encourage all other brands to do so as well. Whatever your choice of drink, let’s all raise a glass to our commitment to #flattenthecurve," the post continued. "Please drink responsibly with none of your closest friends… for now."

As the COVID-19 outbreak has continued to spread rapidly throughout the country, businesses that are deemed 'nonessential' have been ordered to close, leaving servers, bartenders, cooks, and other personnel without jobs. Thanks to the gesture by Cranston and Paul, some will be helped.

Reynold's Aviation Gin Company Starts the Trend of Donating to Bartenders

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On Wednesday, Reynolds announced on Instagram that his company, Aviation Gin, would be donating money to the United States Bartender's Guild, with an initial donation of $15,000 and subsequently, 30 percent of its proceed through May 1.

"Until May 1st, for every bottle of Aviation ordered online, we’ll donate 30% of proceeds as a tip to your bartenders – who REALLY miss you btw. Visit #TipYourBartenders #StayHomeSaveLives," the 'Deadpool' actor shared to social media. This would be the second generous act by Reynolds in the last week as he and his wife announced that they'd be donating to foodbank charities, as well.

Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $1 Million to Foodbank Charities

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Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, both posted heartfelt messages to their Instagram pages announcing that they'd be donating one million dollars to the Feeding America and Food Banks Canada charitable organizations that assist with providing food and meals to low-income families, elderly people, and those unable to shop.

"Communities are stepping up — shopping for the elderly, making lunches for children," Lively said along with their announcement of the massive donation. "We can all do something for one another, even if that’s simply staying home."

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