A set of blue pens and a matching blue lanyard. A clear Starbucks cup. Two rolls of Lifesaver candies and a single Regal movie ticket.
These were some of the items that made Kevin Ford’s day on his 27th anniversary working at Burger King in Las Vegas.
A TikTok of the employee happily showing off his presents went viral, with viewers respecting his humble excitement over the gifts, and many questioning why he didn’t receive more.
“This is someone that finds the good in everything,” someone commented on the video, which garnered hundreds of thousands of views. “I know he will be blessed with more.”
But Ford, nor his family, never knew just how much more.
After Ford’s story spread on social media, his daughter, Seryna Ford, set up a GoFundMe to help support her father in light of all the support he received online.
“The man in that video is my father. He has worked at his job for 27 years and yes, he has never missed a day of work,” she wrote in the GoFundMe. “ In no way are we asking for money or is he expecting any money but if anyone feels like blessing him he would love to visit his grandchildren.”
In less than 10 days, the Fords were looking at over $250,000 in donations.
“I’ve been crying for about two days now. It’s just incredible,” Kevin Ford, who is 54, told TODAY Food. “I just go to work and try to have fun and laugh and make other people’s day good. It’s like I’ve been in a dream for almost two days now. It’s just so beautiful and awesome. It really is.”
In addition to the goodie bag, Ford’s managers at the Burger King in the Las Vegas airport also gifted him a slice of cake, according to TODAY Food. The goodie bag itself was from HMSHost, the food service company that Ford works for Burger King through, according to the outlet.
Ford first started working for Burger King as a single father when he got custody of two of his children, his daughter Seryna Ford said on the GoFundMe. As their family grew, he kept the position because of the health benefits and was able to put help his four daughters through high school and college, she said.
“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,” Seryna Ford wrote.
At first, the GoFundMe aimed to raise $2,700 for Ford’s 27 years. Then it raised to $27,000. If donations keep rolling in, it will soon hit $270,000.
“I can’t repay her, you know? Because she is why I do everything — her and my other daughters and now my grandkids,” Ford told TODAY. “I really can’t put into words how much I love my family.”