TikTok creator stuns road distributors with a $1,000 money items
SAN DIEGO (border report) – Jesus Morales said he saw a video a few years ago where someone was giving away money to a street vendor and decided to try it for himself … and it changed his life.
“The first time I did it it was only $ 100, but it was the nicest feeling. The seller I gave the money to was just so grateful, ”said Morales. “At that moment I knew that I wanted to do it again and again, it is the most beautiful feeling in the world and I wish I could describe it and I wish everyone could experience it one day.”
Morales went a step further and began documenting his experiences as he gave away cash, uploaded the videos to TikTok, and has since developed a wide following for his work.
The native Chicago native and current resident of San Diego County is followed by 1.3 million TikTok users.
Jesus Morales, known as “Juixxe” on TikTok in Chicano Park in San Diego. (Salvador Rivera / border report)
“I think street vendors are often overlooked. I feel like my videos shed some light on some of the struggles and hardships they may face, ”said Morales.
In his videos, Morales not only gives away the money, he is seen and heard inquiring about the seller and what he is selling.
He does this across Southern California and picks providers at random. Someday it could be a tamales seller, a woman selling flowers, or maybe a man roasting corn.
“I kind of interact, ask them what their story is, how they are, how they were, then we just surprise them with $ 1,000. It’s always a matter close to the heart, many of these providers have some strong stories. “
To date, Morales has spent nearly $ 150,000, most of it from contributions and donations from his followers.
One video shows him walking to a man in a wheelchair who sells chewing gum and cough drops. Morales reminds him of a recent interaction the man remembers and promptly thanks him for the money he got.
Two unidentified street vendors in Southern California receive $ 1,000 from Jesus Morales. (Courtesy: “Juixxe”)
Morales then goes on to tell the man that he is back because the followers donated an additional $ 4,000 after the original video was released and that he has come back to give him the extra money
The unknown man becomes emotional and tearfully thanks Morales for his kindness.
“We just collect the money and collect it and distribute it,” he said. “A lot of these street vendors, for the most part, believe that it’s a joke like a joke, it doesn’t happen every day that someone comes up to you and gives you $ 1,000. They think there is a catch: ‘What do I have to do?’ I always let them know that there is no catch, it’s just a gift we’ve collected from the community and we’d like to give it to you to show our appreciation. “
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Morales, using the TikTok handle @Juixxe, pronounces “juice” and says he will keep giving away money while he can.
In the past few weeks, his charitable work has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate in San Diego and the City of National City in San Diego County.