An employee of Burger King who received more than $ 157,000 through donations GoFundMe in just four days in recognition of his 27 years of work in the fast food chain he thanked people for their generosity and said the money would help pay for his grandchildren to go to college.
Kevin Ford, 60, of Nevada, started working for the company as a single father to get custody of his first two children, his daughter Seryna explained.
News spread about his commitment to work at a hamburger chain branch at Las Vegas airport when a viral video showed him giving him a movie ticket, a bag of candy, a coffee cup, a ribbon and some pencils as a thank-you gift.
Kevin Ford, 60, shared details about how he intends to use the money donated to him by well-wishers impressed by his 27 years of service at Burger King
GoFundMe surpassed $ 157,000 in just five days, including a $ 5,000 donation from comedian David Spade
Those who watched the video thought Ford deserved much more.
‘I was grateful for anything. There are people I’ve worked with for 20 or 30 years and they haven’t gotten anything. I am satisfied with everything, ‘said Ford NewsNationNow.
‘I am grateful and happy. I’m just grateful I got it, ‘he said of the items he received. ‘There are people who work hard and get nothing.
Speaking of the current $ 157,000 donations received by 4,700 people in recent days, Ford was overwhelmed with emotion.
‘The generosity of these people is simply irresistible. I’ve been crying for three days. I can not believe it. I really can’t, ‘he said.
He said he could not explain how in his 27 years of work he had never missed a shift.
‘I don’t know myself. I don’t know how I did it! Maybe I’m a robot? I just never thought about taking a day off. I just try to work as much as I can, whatever I do, ‘said Ford.
Ford was overwhelmed with emotion as he thanked people for their generosity. He said he would use the money to visit his grandchildren and help them pay for some college
Ford’s daughter explained how his family had grown over the years, he stayed at his job and ‘continued to work here because of amazing health insurance.’
‘My dad keeps working here because even though he looks young, he’s coming to retirement age and leaving would cost him a pension.
‘We are not asking for money in any way nor is he expecting money, but if someone wants to bless him he would love to visit his grandchildren.’
The outpouring of support has stunned the family, and fundraising now exceeds $ 157,000 as of Tuesday.
‘I’m here to push through dinner without crying! You are such extraordinary people, ‘Seryna wrote in an update on Friday. ‘I seriously can’t believe this. You are all changing his life! Thank you all! A million times THANK YOU !!!! ‘
One of the many donors is the famous comedian David Spade, who donated $ 5,000 and had a private exchange on Instagram with a BK worker.
Sweet: Just days after fast food employee Kevin Ford went viral over a video thanking the candy bag company for his loyalty, the 57-year-old comedian made a generous contribution to his GoFundMe
‘Keep up the good work. 27 years’, wrote Spade Ford.
In response, according to the screenshot of their exchange he received TMZFord replied, ‘S ** t dude [three shocked face emojis]. ‘
An Burger King employee has also expressed that he cannot ‘believe’ in Spade’s kindness and is looking forward to taking advantage of part of his paid free time.
‘THANKS A LOT!!! For even watching videos! I love you my brother !!! Lots of love and God bless … I think I could take a day off … ‘he told Spade.
Spade joked that Ford should just ‘wait until age 30’ to take any free time.
‘D ** n, are you one of my managers ??? he replied. ‘Thanks again, sir … Have a nice day.’
Ford went viral earlier this week for posting a video praising Burger King for giving him one movie ticket, a bag of Reese’s Pieces, a Starbucks cup, some lifeguards, a ribbon, two pens and a few key rings for his hard work at the company.
David Spade surprised a hard-working Burger King employee who has been on the job for nearly three decades
Major Donor: In addition to Spade’s donation, more than 4,700 people gathered to raise $ 157,000 for Burger King virus employee
On the recording, he kindly said that ‘loyalty pays off.’
Many Twitter users, however, were shocked that the company did not do more for him.
‘Is that all you could do for this man?’ one viewer tweeted, while another called Ford’s video ‘depressing’ and ‘shameful’ for the brand.
Others suggested he deserved an entire franchise or a ‘paid-cost trip’.
In an exchange on Instagram, Spade joked that Ford should just ‘wait until age 30’ to take any free time
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