This TikToker has become a social media hero after he managed to raise a huge amount for an elderly Walmart worker to make it possible for her to retire early. However, not everyone seemed happy with his actions as Walmart threatened him to take down the video and GoFundMe page or else face police action.
TikToker Raises Almost $170,000 For Elderly Walmart Worker For Her To Retire From Role
Inflation has hit everyone hard and we all are struggling. This TikTok user decided to go an extra mile to raise over $170,000 for an elderly Walmart worker so that she can afford to retire.
This elderly woman has managed to warm our hearts for working hard at the grocery store to make ends meet instead of kicking back and enjoying her golden years.
This content creator Devan Bonagura (@dbon973_) told fellow TikTokers that he 'felt bad’ for the woman, named Nola, donations began rolling in.
Devan shared a 15-second video of Nola at work on 3 November.
He shared the clip of Nola wearing her Walmart uniform, with a vest and nametag, in the staff room on her break.
Devan wrote: “Life shouldn’t be this hard,” before adding: “I feel bad.”
The video quickly went viral and got more than 26 million views with many urging the content creator to launch a GoFundMe for the woman so that they could donate.
Devan soon set up a fundraising page to raise, writing: “Let’s help Nola retire.”
He added in the GoFundMe description: “Nola works at Walmart and that says enough. Let’s all come together and help.”
This, however, also came with a backlash as he stated that Walmart had threatened police action should he not take down the video and GoFundMe page.
He claimed to his followers: “So, I told them: ‘Do what you gotta do, because I’m getting this money to this woman one way or another.”
This didn't mess up with Devan's plans as only a day after he posted the original video, the TikTok star found Nola and handed over the money which he raised in just 24 hours.
He told the store employee: “They saw that you’re a very hard worker, obviously.
“We are all super proud of you, and we wanted to offer you the $110,000 that has been raised for you.”
Responding to him, Nola said she would gladly accept the money, but would "still have to work until I get the other $70,000 or $60,000 paid off the house".
She did add that the donation would make a huge difference to her mortgage, though, saying: “It won’t take long now with all that money."
Nola also said that she would retire as soon as she earns enough money to pay it off: “That’s what’s holding me at work — the house.”
However, as of 10 November, Devan’s GoFundMe has reached over $172,000 - hopefully enough for Nola to quit her job for good.