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Donnie Wahlberg gives a single mom an astonishing tip at IHOP and tells her to “open it when we leave”


In today’s fast-paced world, many people find themselves working tirelessly just to make ends meet. While there are a few who might try to take shortcuts, the majority, like Bethany Provencher, a single mom, are the true heroes, working hard every day.

Bethany, a dedicated mother with an 11-year-old son, recently moved from Miami to St. Charles, Illinois, seeking a new beginning. With over two decades of experience in customer service, she managed to secure a job at a local IHOP restaurant. Despite her job, financial challenges meant she couldn’t fully furnish her new home.


One day, a life-changing moment occurred when singer Donnie Wahlberg and his wife, Jenny McCarthy, visited the IHOP where Bethany worked. Being a long-time fan of Donnie’s music, Bethany was thrilled to serve them. Little did she know, this encounter would leave a lasting impact on her life.

After their meal, Donnie discreetly left a note for Bethany on the receipt. It read, “Thanks, Bethany, Happy New Year. 2020 Tip Challenge.” He requested Bethany to wait until he left to look at the receipt. To her astonishment, she found that Donnie had left a generous tip of $2,020!

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This kind gesture by Donnie Wahlberg was not just a simple act of tipping; it was a significant boost for Bethany and her colleagues, especially given her recent move and financial struggles. Such acts of kindness remind us of the good in the world and the impact we can have on each other’s lives. Share this heartwarming story to celebrate the kindness that still exists in our world.