Working is an important and integral part of growing into an adult as it is the main means to support yourself. This is the way you can give back to society or even express yourself.
If you have worked with utmost dedication for several years, you would expect someone to take notice of all your efforts and the sacrifices that you had made.
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The person we have highlighted is Kevin Ford, who put in 27 years of his life, working at Burger King. The restaurant chain boasts of serving food of the highest quality at an affordable price, but this would not be possible without the effort of its staff.
Kevin has gone viral for sharing the bag of goodies he had received for his loyal service and people expressed their sadness in Burger King, due to the same.
People all over the internet came together to support the staff, which Burger King failed to do as a large company. A GoFundMe page was built for Kevin, which aimed to provide a secure future for Kevin and his family.
Burger King Employee Get A GoFundMe In His Name
Kevin Ford never missed his work at the Burger King restaurant at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, but all he got for 27 years of service was a bag with a reusable cup from Starbucks, 2 pens, a movie ticket, and some cheap candy.
Kevin claimed that he was happy with everything that he received and the company that he had in those 27 years was great. He added that Burger King, like any other big company, lost touch with their staff.
Kevin was full of gratitude for whatever he got, but this did not match with the things he deserved. Seryna Ford, Kevin’s daughter, started a GoFundMe fundraiser, on June 20, to honor the dedication her dad put into his work.
The initial goal of the fundraiser was $200, but that goal was soon passed by the strangers that contributed to the cause.
Currently, the GoFundMe page has $380,510 and is still growing steadily.
Seryna was extremely thankful that people shattered the initial goal, so kept increasing it.
The biggest surprise for Kevin was that David Spade donated $5,000 to the fundraiser and commented to keep up the work.
“I appreciate everything that you’ve done. Now I’ll be able to take some time and go see my grandkids, and spend some time with them. You guys… It’s just so beautiful,” Kevin expressed in another.
Kevin said that, when the amount was around $5,000, he wanted to use the money to buy a car and pay a visit to his family in Texas. He was surprised by his daughter and grandchildren and was also invited to the Today show to talk about the support he received, which in itself was a big surprise.
A spokesperson for Burger King has since responded to Kevin’s story, explaining: “This video depicts a Team Member in receipt of a peer-to-peer reward in recognition of a short-term positive performance/experience. The franchisee offers its Team Members a robust employee recognition program, which includes the recognition of tenure milestones and monetary awards.”
Kevin Ford is still working at Burger King but his retirement is knocking at the door. Let us hope for the best and see where life takes him.