Derlin Newey was in disbelief Tuesday morning when the Valdez family knocked on the door of their home in Utah. CNN affiliate KSL TV was there to attend the moment.
“How could I ever say thank you? I don’t know what to say, ”Newey said, fighting back tears of joy.
Newey delivers pizza for Papa John’s about 30 hours a week. He told KSL he started work after realizing he couldn’t live off social security alone.
In addition to being a deliveryman, Newey is also a rising star of TikTok thanks to loyal customers inspired by his kindness.
The Valdez family said they always ask for it when ordering pizza and have started recording their deliveries as TikTok videos on their @vendingheads channel.
” It’s crazy. Everyone loves him, ”said Carlos Valdez. The family claims their signature phrase with each delivery: “Hello, are you looking for a pizza? ”
With over 53,000 subscribers, they often received comments asking why Newey was delivering pizza at his age. The family agreed that he shouldn’t have to work so much and decided to use their platform for the good.
They asked their supporters to donate to help Newey, and the money started to flow. They were able to quickly raise $ 12,000. They presented him with a signed check from his “TikTok family.”
Newey was completely caught off guard. He didn’t even know what TikTok was but was grateful for the unexpected blessing.
“I don’t know what to say, except thank you,” Newey said.
The Valdez family told KSL the surprise couldn’t have gone better.
“He needed this. I’m just glad we were able to help him, ”said Valdez. “We just need to treat people with kindness and respect like him. He stole our hearts. ”
And if the money wasn’t enough, the family sweetened the surprise with a T-shirt that read, “Hello, are you looking for a pizza?” “