Bath woman uses popularity on TikTok to donate thousands of dollars to local servers, Equality Maine


A Bath woman and her more than 400,000 subscribers on TikTok gave a “life-changing” gift to a local server and dozens of children in Maine. Meredith Steele, known on TikTok as @babiesofsteele, has taken on a number of Venmo challenges with her followers over the past few months, urging them to send her money through the Venmo app, which she and her husband will then give to strangers. Last Christmas, she offered thousands of dollars to waiters along the coast. made them really random and went, like, complete strangers and gave them money, ”Steele said. A week and a half ago, she asked her followers to take on a new challenge. “My best friend just shared with me today that a colleague of his who is openly gay received a zero dollar tip twice today and that his zero dollar tip was accompanied by a brochure from the church, ”Steele said in a video she posted earlier this month. She urged her followers to fill her Venmo account so that together they could give her a gift to try and make up for lost money and evil. imagined, ”Steele said. To protect the privacy of the server, she didn’t reveal how much money they were able to offer her, but said it was a “life-changing” amount; so much money, that she and the waiter decided to put a cap on the freebies and donate the remaining money, over $ 10,000, to Equality Maine. “When I gave his present to the waiter I told him I would really like to use some of that to donate to Equality Maine and they have a teen camp and the waiter was like that is awesome. It’s definitely something I support, ”Steele said. The donation will help send 40 LGBTQ + teens and allies to a week-long leadership camp, called the New Leaders Project. “To be able to do so much for a stranger then 40 kids, uh, it was, still is, I feel like I still haven’t fully understood how cool it is,” said Steele. Proof that a little kindness can go a long way.

A Bath woman and her more than 400,000 TikTok subscribers gave a “life-changing” gift to a local server and dozens of children in Maine.

Meredith Steele, known on TikTok as @babiesofsteele, has taken on a number of Venmo challenges with her followers over the past few months, urging them to send her money through the Venmo app, which she and her husband then give to strangers.

Last Christmas, she gifted waiters along the coast thousands of dollars.

“I always did them at random and went to complete strangers and gave them money,” Steele said.

A week and a half ago, she asked her followers to take on a new challenge.

“My best friend just shared with me today that a colleague of his who is openly gay received a zero dollar tip twice today and his zero dollar tip was accompanied by a church brochure. “Steele said in a video she posted earlier this month.

She urged her followers to fill up her Venmo account so that together they could give her a gift to try and make up for lost money and evil.

“In less than 24 hours, I raised so much more money than I could have humanely imagined,” Steele said.

To protect the privacy of the server, she did not disclose how much money they could offer her, but said it was an amount that “changed her life”; so much money that she and the waiter decided to put a cap on the freebies and donate the remaining money, over $ 10,000, to Equality Maine.

“When I gave his gift to the waiter I told him I would really like to use some of it to donate to Equality Maine and they have a teen camp and the waiter was like that, that’s great . It’s definitely something I support, ”Steele said.

The donation will help send 40 LGBTQ + teens and allies to a week-long leadership camp, called the New Leaders Project.

“Being able to do so much for a stranger and then 40 kids, uh, that was, still is, I feel like I still haven’t fully understood how cool it is,” Steele said. .

Proof that a little kindness can go a long way.

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