Drake Drops $200K on Strangers in Miami

Good deeds will feature in upcoming music video
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2018 11:52 AM CST
Drake Drops $200K on Strangers in Miami
Canadian rap star Drake unveils his OVO uniforms ahead of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Jan. 17, 2018.   (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Further showing Canadians to be oh so nice, rapper Drake surprised a hotel maid with a spa visit, a lobster dinner, and a $10,000 shopping spree—though, to be fair, Odelie Paret truly deserved it. The mother of five, born in Haiti, has spent that last 20 years cleaning the Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, Fla., commuting up to four hours a day by bus, reports the Miami Herald. Touched by her story, mentioned in a Herald article last May, Drake decided she needed a break. After receiving a mysterious phone call, Paret finished her shift last Tuesday and headed to Fontainebleau's spa for a massage, then to chef Michael Mina's restaurant StripSteak. She had no idea who was footing the bill until a car whisked her to Saks Fifth Avenue, where Drake and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown surprised her, per People.

Along with two other women, Paret was told she could grab whatever she wanted within 45 minutes. Among her picks: a $6,000 gold and diamond necklace, a $2,000 Valentino bag, and an $800 pair of shoes. Other Florida residents got spoiled, too. As part of filming for the music video for single "God's Plan," Drake donated $25,000 to a Miami high school, gave a $50,000 scholarship to a University of Miami student, spent $50,000 to cover groceries for supermarket shoppers, and donated $50,000 to a homeless shelter, whose 130 female inhabitants also received $150 Target gift cards, per the Herald and Billboard. "There's nothing like seeing people experience a joyful moment when you can tell they need it the most," Drake wrote on Instagram following the donations, adding the past few days "were the best I have had in a very long time." (More Drake stories.)

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