The TikTokker went viral again three days ago when she helped a talented teen violinist busking outside of a Target in Nashville. Kadey spotted him with a sign that said “Need to help my mom with rent, God Bless.” The young man was stunned after she approached him and explained the premise of the Venmo Challenge, before handing him $1,000 in cash. “Can I please give you a hug?” the teen asked. I’m not crying, you’re crying!!!
I think we can all agree that the world could use a little cheer right about now. Thanks to TikTokker Lexy Kadey, random strangers in Tennessee are being surprised with huge, crowdsourced tips from her followers. Kadey first kicked off the Venmo Challenge on the app in May, when she asked her massive following to Venmo her whatever they could -- 50 cents, a dollar -- to leave a large tip for a random server who had been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown. Kadey ended up splitting the first round of tips to give to three lucky servers, who received around $1,000 each, and captured their happy reactions on camera.
Kadey first got the idea for the challenge when she saw other TikTokkers crowdsource funds on the app for plastic surgery and new cars. She was immediately inspired to spread a little generosity to strangers in need -- clearly, the hero we need during these trying times. To her surprise, the response from her followers was overwhelming. The Venmo Challenge was so well-received that Kadey launched subsequent rounds to keep the fundraising going. To date, she’s raised over $60,000!
One user commented on her video: “This was someone who was in dire need. You’re doing the Lord’s work, literally.”
“This is the positivity we need in this dark world,” another said.
The movement has inspired others on social media to pay it forward as well!
“Times are crazy right now, but you guys have given me so much hope and it literally makes me want to tear up,” Kadey said. Consider our faith in humanity restored.