Jenny McCarthy Reveals 'Blue Bloods' Star Husband Donnie Wahlberg Left $2,020 Tip for Their Waitress at IHOP

Olawale Ogunjimi
Jan 13, 2020
12:00 P.M.

Donny Wahlberg of "Blue Bloods" is starting the new year by putting smiles on the faces of people with a significant treat.


Recently, the actor and his wife, Jenny McCarthy, enjoyed some New Year mealtime at IHOP, which is close to their Illinois residence.

Donnie did spread some holiday season love. After paying for his food, he left a huge tip for his waitress, with a "Thank You" note scripted above the receipt.

Donnie Wahlberg at the premiere of HBO's "Band of Brothers." | Source: Getty Images

Donnie Wahlberg at the premiere of HBO's "Band of Brothers." | Source: Getty Images

Jenny took to Twitter to show off her husband's display of generosity, and the post showed the receipt with a $2,020 tip, an amount synonymous with the new year.

The entertainer's woman not only flaunted the "Blue Blood" star's actions but began a trend for a tip challenge. Her tweet read:

"@DonnieWahlberg starting 2020 like the amazing man that he is. #ihop #2020tipchallenge."


Loads of fans chimed in their comments, with lots of her audience applauding the act while hinting that it was an emotional thing to do.


A mother of three who luckily got a tip before the new year season explained how instrumental the money has been to her family after her battle with drug abuse

"What a heart of Gold and what a great trend to kick 2020 off!!! #2020tipchallenge," one person wrote. "Makes want to cry happy tears," said another.

Tip giving for Donnie isn't something that began recently, two years ago, the tv personality dropped a $2,000 tip for the workers at a Waffle House, in North Carolina.


The series star wasn't shy to explain what inspired his tip dropping habits. In an interview, he explained that as a kid, his parents' jobs involved serving in diners.

Furthermore, Donnie's mom and dad's attending jobs caused him to learn to appreciate home-cooked meals and mostly courteous servers in diners. In his words:

"My mom waited tables, and my dad tended bars for years. So when I walk into a #WaffleHouse and the staff treats me like a king, you better believe I treat them like queens."


Donnie isn't the only one giving; the tip challenge has caused several internet users worldwide to invest any amount no matter how little, as a tip.


Reportedly, lives are being transformed with this act of kindness. A mother of three, Danielle Franzoni, who luckily got a tip before the new year season explained how instrumental the money has been to her family after her battle with drug abuse.

She said that her goal at the moment is to "bring" her kids "home" and "trying to do the right thing." For Danielle Franzoni, it was a huge surprise after two regular customers dropped the tip, but she plans on utilizing the money well.

Famous singer Harry Styles was also influenced by Donnie's move, and he sorted out some gratuity for a Carribean Fish Market worker.

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