Why Chris Randone Is Donating Over $2,000 to Fans: 'Let’s Do Good'
Chris Randone is dedicating his Wednesday to giving back to those in need.
The "Bachelor in Paradise" alum posted a series of videos on his Instagram Story discussing finances and the hardships many people are facing due to the statewide stay-at-home orders.
He drew links between mental health and financial security, noting, "A lot of people have messaged me about mental health, and I know what finances can do to someone mentally." He recalled the time he started his first job after college and dealt with overdrafts, as well as other monetary hurdles.
He posted a poll on his Instagram Story to gauge how much the stay-at-home orders are impacting people’s finances, and the results influenced him enough to want to help out his followers who are struggling.
Chris offered, "If you need money and want to order pizza for you and the family, a little something to give back, just message me and I’ll Venmo you. Enjoy some food today. This is not a good situation for anyone."
He explained that he loves giving back, calling it "a sore spot on my heart for understanding people's pain."
So far since this morning I've donated over $2,400 to those in need via Instagram. Many people have shared their stories and are struggling and I will continue to push forward through the day donating to those in need. Shout to @nickvarone taking part as well. #TodayWeGive
Chris continued in his videos, "It’s not a good feeling to see people and see them struggling. You just wish you could do everything. Today, let’s do good and help some people out. The goal today is simple: My goal for today is to donate up to $1,000."
Within a few hours, he tweeted that he had already donated more than $2,000.
He said the money will be to "treat them to dinner or lunch or pizza for the family — whatever the case may be."
Within minutes, Chris shared screenshots that recipients sent him after getting his Venmo notification. One person took a picture of their Venmo screen and wrote, "This is why Bachelor Nation is the best!"
Another person wrote, "Chris Randone has brought so much light to the unspoken hardships of this pandemic and is showing his true colors."
About an hour after posting his initial message of giving back, Chris shared some updates and spoke about how humbling it all felt.
"We’re going to keep this train going," he said. "The messages that I’m receiving are heartfelt. It really is an honor and feels like a huge blessing to know that the responses and the smiles I’m getting are incredible."
Chris is known for being a vocal advocate for mental health and speaks about it openly on a regular basis. In September, for instance, he returned to social media after a hiatus and admitted, "I’ve been gone for a minute but I’ve been working on myself, putting in overtime. Instagram can be a very toxic environment that disconnects you from your true self. Just be aware that there’s more to life than Instagram and happiness doesn’t come from social media."
He asserted in his first set of videos that he wanted to "give back and take the anxiety off," and it seems that his one small gesture is making the world of a difference.