Norfolk native creates virtual tip jar, now a 50 Nicest Places in America finalist

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 12:23:44-04

NORFOLK, Va. - In the U.S. as of June 25, over 47.3 million people have filed for unemployment since March.

People who worked in hotels, restaurants and other venues where people gather in mass, are among the workers in the workforce who have been devastated by the impacts of COVID-19.

Enter veteran and mother of six, Melissa Corrigan, who created the ”Virtual Tip Jar.”

The Virtual Tip Jar is a website designated for people to give some amount of currency to a person or persons from a list of workers organized by people across the U.S. Along with sending someone some cash you can also attach a note. People who want to donate can use Venmo, CashApp and or PayPal.

Corrigan's efforts helped place Norfolk as one of the 50 finalists for the “50 Nicest Places in America” on Reader’s Digest.

Reader's Digest described their list saying, "In 2020, more than ever, people looked to their neighbors, friends and family for the strength to overcome some of the biggest challenges we've faced as a nation. In every state, there are places where people are doing heroic things every day to make their communities better places. Here are their stories."