The outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus, has created seismic changes across the country and the economic downfall has been severe. Over 3 million people filed for unemployment within the first week after the stimulus package was passed with over 700,000 jobs being lost as a result. The restaurant industry is one of the niche sectors that is struggling to stay alive under the mandatory stay-at-home order issued in many states. Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry is the latest to offer his help and support to those impacted by COVID-19.
Perry made a group of restaurant servers’ days a little brighter with a generous gift. While picking up an order from one of his favorite chain restaurants, Houston’s, over the weekend, he showed his appreciation to the staff by offering a $21,000 tip, $500 for each of the 42 servers working at the establishment. At a time when stimulus checks aren’t expected to come for several weeks, or longer, this charitable act was deeply appreciated by the staff.
Perry is known for his acts of kindness over the years, helping people in need and participating in many philanthropic activities. In 2010, he helped to rebuild an 88-year-old woman’s home that was destroyed in a fire in Atlanta. In 2018, Perry paid off the balances of everything that was on layaway at two Atlanta-area Walmart stores during Christmas.
He recently started the #HesGotTheWholeWorldChallenge on Instagram, inviting other celebrities to join and help uplift people’s spirits during a difficult time.