A TikTok user has raised over $170,000 for an elderly Walmart employee so she can retire.
We’re all feeling the pinch with our finances right now, but one elderly woman has captured the hearts of the internet for working hard at the grocery store to make ends meet rather than relaxing and enjoying her golden years.
However, when TikToker Devan Bonagura (@dbon973_) told fellow TikTokers that he ‘felt bad’ for the woman named Nola, donations began to pour in.
On November 3, Devan posted a 15-second video of Nola at work.
Nola is seen on her break in the staff room wearing her Walmart uniform, complete with vest and nametag.
“Life shouldn’t be this hard,” Devan wrote, before adding, “I feel bad.”
The video quickly went viral, with over 26.2 million views, and many viewers urged the video creator to create a GoFundMe page for the woman so that they could donate.
Devan quickly set up a fundraising page, writing, “Let’s help Nola retire.”
“Nola works at Walmart, and that says enough,” he wrote in the GoFundMe description. Let us all pitch in and help.”
His generosity, however, did not go unnoticed, as he claimed that Walmart had threatened him with police action if he did not remove the video and GoFundMe page.
“So, I told them: ‘Do what you gotta do, because I’m getting this money to this woman one way or another,” he told his followers.
UNILAD has reached out to a Walmart representative for comment on the matter.
This did not deter Devan’s plans, as one day after posting the original video, the TikTok star tracked down Nola and handed over the money he had raised in just 24 hours.
“They saw that you’re a very hard worker, obviously,” he told the store employee, “and we are all super proud of you, and we wanted to offer you the $110,000 that has been raised for you.”
In response to the lad, Nola stated that she would gladly accept the money but that she would “still have to work until I get the other $70,000 or $60,000 paid off the house.”
She did add, however, that the donation would make a significant difference in her mortgage, saying, “It won’t take long now with all that money.”
Nola also stated that she plans to retire as soon as she earns enough money to pay off her mortgage: “That’s what keeps me at work — the house.”
However, as of the 10th of November, Devan’s GoFundMe had raised over $172,000, which should be enough to allow Nola to leave her job permanently.