By Selene Raj
Through their local nonprofit organization, a pair of lifetime best friends surprised one Coral Springs server with an extremely generous tip.
Alexis Maureau and Jordana Carmona run the 100 People Project, whose mission is to provide hope through action to underserved and under-resourced communities.
After watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey on Texas, the pair loaded a van up with hygiene products, clothing, diapers, water, and food and drove to Houston to donate the items directly to those in need.
That trip inspired them to continue as they began funding giveaways out of pocket, like helping single moms with groceries and people in need during the holidays.
After realizing they couldn’t do it independently, they founded the 100 People Project, with the original goal of helping 100 people a year.
The two women, who grew up in Coral Springs, now living in Margate, helped over 350 people in Miami who were experiencing homelessness. By the end of their first year, they helped over 700 people.
Now, they have different initiatives each month.
“In August, we hosted a back-to-school event where we gave out free school supplies to parents and teachers. In November, we gave out 500 turkeys and meal kits to families in need,” said Maureau.
Last month, they decided to have an initiative called Mega Tip March.
“We know the restaurant industry has been hit hard by the pandemic,” said Maureau, “We wanted to pay it forward by handing out mega tips collected from our supporters.”
They were able to raise $850 in total, which they distributed to two servers.
On March 27, they went to a family-owned restaurant in Pompano Beach, Dos Amigos, and handed out half of what they raised to a server. On March 29, they visited Coral Springs restaurant, Chopsticks, to see Sasa, one of their favorite servers.
There, they handed her the remaining $425 tip.
After trying to refuse several times, saying, “No, that’s too much,” the server graciously accepted the tip.
They caught it on video, hoping to inspire others to pay it forward.
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- Selene Raj is a writer and a Florida International University graduate. Born in Trinidad and raised in America, she completed her Master’s in Mass Communications in 2020 and has been living in Coral Springs since 2004. She is passionate about the communities she lives and works in and loves reporting and sharing stories that are as complex and meaningful as the people who live in them.
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