The New Kids on the Block singer joins Nicki Minaj, Chrissy Teigen and Taylor Swift in the most generous celebrities club.
Updated: July 13, 2017
Donnie Wahlberg’s got “The Right Stuff” – and the second verse is even more charming than the first.
The New Kids On The Block singer gave Waffle House employees in North Carolina a $2,000 tip late Wednesday night, just a couple of weeks after leaving the waitstaff at one of the chain’s Maryland diners $500.
“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 on Thursday.
My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars– for years! So, when I walk into a #WaffleHouse, and the staff treats me…
He also gave a lucky fan dining at the restaurant free tickets and backstage passes to a New Kids on the Block concert, and he streamed the good deed on Facebook Live.
The “Blue Bloods” actor went viral a couple of weeks ago for dropping a $500 tip at another Waffle House after rolling in with a party of eight around 2:15 a.m.
The Maryland greasy spoon staffers admitted to the Baltimore Sun that they weren’t thrilled about the large party at first, but Mark Wahlberg’s brother assured them that, “we’re good people and we tip well.” And he lived up to his word, doling out the dough to be shared by the cook and two servers who waited on him and his crew so late.
“I thought ‘Oh wow, he tipped me more than I ever did in a week’s pay,” said one server.
— Donnie Wahlberg (@DonnieWahlberg) June 26, 2017
But Wahlberg isn’t the only celebrity ready to pay it forward.
Nicki Minaj offered to pay more than a dozen fans $20,000 for student loans and school supplies over Twitter in May – as long as they could prove they’ve earned good grades.
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
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) May 7, 2017
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.
@NICKIMINAJ I have $500 left of my tuition to be paid, single mother raising me and my lil bro.. from Queens, you would help me a lot💗
— ASH-CA$H. 🦄 (@AshleyLove_x3) May 7, 2017
The 6k would be for my 16 credit classes, room & board, meal plan, technology fee & books that I would need for the classes. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/InZT6LSxOG
— Josh Maraj. 🤘🏾 (@GetChoLife1) May 7, 2017
Chrissy Teigen, a fellow patron saint of Twitter, also made a fan’s beauty school dreams come true in April.
Charlotte, North Carolina 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
Taylor Swift is famous for being generous with her fans, like when she helped one Swiftie pay off her student loans in 2015. The singer sent Rebekah Bortnike a care package with a $1,989 check in it (in honor of her album “1989” naturally) and a note reading, “now you’re $1989 closer to paying off those student loans.” The video of Bortnike opening her gifts went viral.
The “Shake It Off” singer also not only flew Canadian fan Jacob Thomas and his mom and sister to NYC that same year to watch her play the Jingle Ball – she also put them up in a hotel with their own valet, and stocked the fridge with mozzarella sticks, Thomas’ favorite snack. And this was all because she loved the boy’s YouTube lip sync homage to her single “1989.”
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 last year 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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