It all started when a TikTok post went viral. The video captures 54-year-old Kevin Ford, who spent 27 years working as a cook and cashier at Burger King. The loyal employee said that he never once took a day off work.
To show its gratitude to Ford, the company gave him a plastic goodie bag containing a single movie ticket, a Starbucks cup, and some candy.
While commenters criticized it, Ford was nothing but classy and grateful for his gift, saying ‘thank you guys’ more than once.
But the cherry on top of this story was yet to come.
One person who felt that Ford deserved a bigger thanks was his daughter. And so, with that motivation, she created a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her dad’s career milestone.
“He originally began working at this job as a single father when he gained custody of me and my older sister 27 years ago,” she wrote.
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She went on to mention the reality of his situation.
My dad continues to work here, because though he does look young, he is coming up on retirement age and leaving would cost him his retirement.
Kevin Ford’s daughter
She said that while they aren’t expecting any money, but ‘if anyone feels like blessing him he would love to visit his grandchildren.’
As it would turn out, Ford would be blessed with that and so much more.
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The page was a smashing success, as donations topped $300,000. Among them was Saturday Night Live alum and comedy legend David Spade, who personally donated $5,000 along with some kind words.
“Keep up the good work. 27 years,” he wrote.
A star-struck Ford replied, “‘THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! For Even Watching the Video! I Love You My Brother!!!,’” adding, “‘I think [I] might be able to take a day off.’”
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One thing he was able to do was to visit his grandchildren in Texas. Donors were only too happy to help.
“Thank you for Your 27 Years of Faithful Service, You Are One of a Kind & Enjoy Those Beautiful Grandbabies..Florida Sends Love ❤ to You All,” posted one.
I am honored to donate to you. May your story be an example, that hard work does pay off. Enjoy your retirement. I am so happy for you!!!!!
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@thekeep777 He’s Worked for the Company for Almost 3 Decades and Has Never Called Out!!!😵💫🥺😱😭 #Grateful #Dads #FathersDay #Loyalty #Honor #WorkersUnite #Rewards #Thankful #NorrinRadd777 #theKeep777 ♬ Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos) – Calvin Harris
In an interview with YouTuber Sierra Nicole, Ford said he was humbled by the outpour of love he had received.
I just love everybody. I think that it probably touched people because I think we as humans, period, just need love and gratitude.
It’s nice to see people from Hollywood to Hickory Avenue come together and appreciate a loyal employee at a time when so many frontline workers are ignored.
Yet, you can bet that Ford’s proudest success is being a loving, devoted father and grandfather. Whether it’s in the kitchen or among family, knowing that we’re valued is the greatest gift.
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