THE ANGEL – – A California man uses the power of social media to help others.
Jesus Morales, also known as Juixxe, used his over a million followers on TikTok to raise money for street vendors. He’s been giving cash to hardworking street vendors in the Los Angeles area. He says he started doing this after seeing videos of street vendors being attacked.
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved giving back when I see someone in need or someone in trouble. I’ve always felt something in my heart,” Morales told FOX 11’s Susan Hirasuna.
In August 2020, he was fired from his gym job and opened a TikTok account. At first nothing on the floor trembled, but then things began to accelerate.
“The first donation was $ 100 that actually came out of my pocket, hoping to just post it on TikTok and hopefully inspire others to donate or do something bigger,” he added.
The 24-year-old San Diego man distributes cash about two to three times a week, mostly in the LA area.
“When I have a donation in hand and drive around and see a seller, I just get a feel and drive over and make the donation. It’s very random.
His motivation for helping street vendors stems from his parents’ story.
“My parents came here with nothing. They were literally sleeping on cardboard in a basement when they first came to this country. They worked hard, worked a lot of different jobs to have a roof over their heads,” he explained.
His greatest gift was to a seller who sold corn in the Inland Empire. A video harassing the Elotero went viral and soon after, Jesus raised $ 20,000 to help him.
“I don’t want people to glorify me in any way, honestly, everything is community driven. It’s not me, it’s a bunch of angels coming together to make this possible.”
The recipients are surprised and overwhelmed by his generosity.
Jesus does not want to embarrass the seller or expose him to a higher risk of theft so that he never reveals faces.