At 89, Derlin Newey is an unlikely pizza deliveryman. The Valdez family wondered why at his age he still had to work 30 hours a week, and after he explained his social security didn’t cover all his bills, they had an idea.
Putting his catch-phrase friendly greeting ‘Hello, are you looking for some pizza?’ on their TikTok they asked their followers for contributions.
“It’s insane. Everybody loves him,” said Valdez, adding that many of his followers commented their frustration that Newey had to work still. “Somebody at that age should not be working that much.”
So the Valdez family got the idea to crowdsource funds from their followers to help out their favorite Papa John’s Pizza delivery man.
“Collectively as a TikTok community, we all came together, and we were able to raise $12,000 for this amazing person,” said Valdez.
Sometimes you need your faith in humanity restored.