The singer joins do-gooders like Deshaun Watson, Nicki Minaj and Chrissy Teigen by picking up a woman’s $375 Whole Foods tab
Updated: July 13, 2017
Talk about paying it forward.
When Atlanta shopper Therra Jaramillo realized she was short of the $375 needed to cover her Whole Foods bill last week, rapper and actor Ludacris picked up the tab.
Jaramillo, a freelance writer and mother of two, has been in a tight spot financially since her husband died four years ago. She wrote on Facebook that she went to the upscale supermarket with a $200 gift card, but her shopping cart added up faster than she realized. Jaramillo didn’t recognize that it was the “Yeah!” rapper who was lending a hand (and a few hundred bucks) until a cashier told her.
“He used his personal light to fire up my own,” Jaramillo wrote in the now-viral Facebook post, which has received more than 25,000 likes and 13,000. “Isn’t that what we should be doing for each other?”
Facebookies. Listen up my beauties because I’m about to share a story even I’m having trouble believing.One of y’all…
Ludacris joins a slew of other kind-hearted celebs who have helped out others in need. Last year, Deshaun Watson, a rookie quarterback for the Houston Texans, donated his first NFL paycheck to three women who work at the NRG stadium’s cafeteria and were greatly affected by Hurricane Harvey. Watson reportedly donated roughly $27,000 out of his base salary of $465,000.
“For what y’all do for us everyday and never complain. I really appreciate y’all,” Watson said in a video tweeted out the Houston Texans. “So I wanted to give my first game check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way.”
Watson can appreciate this kind of generosity; Habitat for Humanity reportedly built a home for the 22-year-old football player and his family more than a decade ago.
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) September 27, 2017
And last year, New Kids On The Block singer Donnie Wahlberg gave some North Carolina Waffle House employees a $2,000 tip — just a couple of weeks after leaving the waitstaff at one of the chain’s Maryland diners $500 after rolling in with a party of eight around 2:15 a.m.
“The staff treats me like a king, you better believe I treat them like queens!” the new patron saint of Waffle Houses posted to Facebook at the time. The “Blue Bloods” actor also gave a lucky fan dining at the restaurant free tickets and backstage passes to a NKOTB concert, and he streamed the good deed on Facebook Live.
My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars– for years! So, when I walk into a #WaffleHouse, and the staff treats me…
Following suit is Nicki Minaj, who offered to pay more than a dozen fans $20,000 for student loans and school supplies over Twitter in May 2017 – as long as they could prove they’d earned good grades.
The “Pink Friday” artist and Grammy nominee was giving a Q&A with fans when one follower asked if she could help her pay her college tuition. The “No Frauds” rapper responded, “Show me straight A’s that I can verify w/ ur school and I’ll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest?!?! Dead serious.”
No surprise, she was soon bombarded with tweets from fans singing for scholarships from the Nicki Minaj fund, including a Queens single mother looking for $500 to pay off her remaining tuition, up to a follower short $6,000 for his fall semester to cover his credits, dorm room and meal plan.
Show me straight A's that I can verify w/ur school and I'll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest?!?!🤷🏽♀️ Dead serious. Shld I set it up? https://t.co/czH715u64a
— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017
Meanwhile, Chrissy Teigen, a fellow patron saint of Twitter, also made a fan’s beauty school dreams come true in April 2017.
Charlotte, N.C. dreamer Mercedes Edney created a crowdfunding page to raise $5,995 to cover the tuition, fees and supplies to attend Academy of Nail Technology & Esthetics. And supermodel Teigen appears to have donated $5,605 to make up the difference. “I’ve seen this be your passion for such a long time now,” Teigen wrote along with her donation. “So excited to see you fulfill your dream!”
Something absolutely amazing happened last night. Many of you know how much I love skin care and my plans to attend esthetician school next month. Last night I posted my tuition fundraiser on twitter and something I never in my wildest dreams happened. My paypal alert went off, and as I looked at my phone, there was amount of $5605. I thought it was a glitch. I then look at my email and realized it came from my fundraiser. @chrissyteigen donated my entire tuition money for school. I have been crying all night and I cried in the office this morning as I paid my downpayment for esthetician school. I haven't been this happy in a very long time. Thank you Chrissy and thank you to everyone else who voted or rtd my link or have supported me this entire time. It means more to me than you'll ever know. 💜💜 #ixorabb #futureesthetician
Simon Cowell got a mean rap for being the most acerbic “American Idol” judge, but it turns out that he really has a heart of gold. He donated more than $160,000 for an 18-month-old girl’s cancer treatment for neuroblastoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2009. And in 2016 he gave nearly $35,000 for three-year-old U.K. youngster Kian Musgrove’s cancer fundraiser.
Even “Selfish” author Kim Kardashian has shown she’s got sole. The reality star was so moved after seeing a Kansas teenager’s charity drive to donate 2,000 pairs of shoes to the Soles For Souls charity on Dish Nation one night, that she and Kanye West donated 1,000 pairs of Adidas and Kardashian Kollection shoes.
I'm up breastfeeding & watching this show Dish Nation. I heard the cutest story of a girl who is trying to find 1000 pairs of shoes -cont-
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 10, 2015
to donate to this charity Soles For Souls! They helped her during Hurricane Katrina. I think I know the designer of Shoe of the Year Award!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) December 10, 2015
This article was originally posted in April, and has been updated with new reporting.
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