$12,000 tip! 89-year-old pizza delivery get from ‘TikTok Family’

October 21, 2020

This year of 2020 is not easy for everyone, it is extra important to spread live and kindness.A goodwill has caught the attention of many recently.

89-year-old Derlin Newey started working 30 hours a week as a pizza delivery driver to make ends meet, because he couldn’t afford to live on Social Security alone.He is so popular with customers that some call in and specifically request him to deliver their pizzas.

The Valdez family have taken it further: they shared his story on their TikTok channel, @vendingheads, which has more than 53,000 followers. “What is this guy doing delivering pizzas? True hustler,” Valdez captioned the video, which racked up over 60,000 likes on the app.


After several of their TikTok followers asked why Newey delivers pizzas at his age, the Valdezes decided to crowdfund on Newey’s behalf via a Venmo link on his TikTok page, and within 24 hours, he had raised more than $1,000. Donations ranged from a mere penny to $500. Before long, they brought an envelope stuffed with $12,069 in cash to Newey’s mobile home.


Newey said he was completely caught off guard and didn’t even know what TikTok was but grateful for the unexpected blessing.

“I don’t know what to say, except thank you,” said Newey.

This was Newey’s heartwarming reaction to receiving the money.


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