Viral TikTok video helps raise over $130k for 82-year-old Walmart employee who was working on the store floor with a cane in order to pay her bills – Yahoo Finance

The internet has come together to provide life-changing help to an 82-year-old Walmart employee and give her a “miracle” Christmas to remember.
Carmen Kelly was approached by shopper Elizabeth Rizzo at the store in Arizona, who noticed that she was using a cane and leaning against a shopping cart for support. Concerned for her well-being, Rizzo discovered that Kelly was not allowed to sit down at work, and was struggling to pay her medical bills.
Keen to help out, Rizzo posted a video of her conversation with Kelly to TikTok and set up a Go Fund Me page in the hopes of raising up to $10,000 so she could retire.
"I'm going to make sure this goes viral and get you some help, Carmen. I'm going to try my best," Rizzo said. Little did she know at the time, Kelly only had $50 left in her bank account.
The efforts of a kind stranger went further than either of them could have ever imagined. Not only did the TikTok video receive millions of views — 15.4 million at the time of writing — but the funds donated amounted to more than 10 times the original goal. So far, over $131,000 has been raised.
Kelly’s story touched the hearts of people all over the world; “She's an inspiration and a strong survivor. I'm glad I could help,” wrote one donator. “She seems like such a sweet lady with a wonderful spirit!” another responded on TikTok.
In another video where Rizzo revealed the news, Kelly was overjoyed: "I could never, ever repay you and thank you," she said. "You're changing my whole life and I just feel like God sent you to me."
As for what the future looks like, Kelly said she wants to continue her job at Walmart for the time being since she loves it so much, although she might cut back on her hours, and she would like to buy a house so she can live closer to her family.
This story was originally featured on
More from Fortune:
People who skipped their COVID vaccine are at higher risk of traffic incidents
Elon Musk says getting booed by Dave Chapelle fans 'was a first for me in real life' suggesting he's aware of building backlash
Gen Z and young millennials have found a new way to afford luxury handbags and watches—living with mom and dad
Meghan Markle’s real sin that the British public can’t forgive–and Americans can’t understand
Related Quotes
The National Health Commission announced a campaign Nov. 29 to raise the vaccination rate among older Chinese, which health experts say is crucial to avoiding a health care crisis .
The Chicago Bears had the day off for Christmas, but ahead of the holiday, they shared some of their favorite Christmas memories.
Target is the latest big-box chain to join in on the post-Christmas sales period. Known as the 'The Target Clearance Run,' the sale takes place until the end of the year and includes discounts of up to 50% on categories such as sleepwear, children's and adult toys, and beauty and lifestyle products. Additional deals include buy-one-get-one-50%-off on board games, a $15 gift card for those who spend $50 on household cleaning products like tissues, paper towels, and cleaning products as well as $10 off for those who spend $50 on food and beverage same-day delivery.
While the theme park giant has had a sold-out holiday season, it faces possible worker problems that could ruin your vacation.
A 55-year-old woman was arrested in South Carolina after police say she physically attacked her husband when she found indecent photos on his phone during vacation.
“They did catch up to him, and they shot him in the head. [Point] blank. They put him on his knees, and they shot him in the head”
Ian McGinley, a partner at global law firm Akin Gump, discusses why the guilty pleas made by Caroline Ellison and Gary Wang may influence the disgraced CEO’s next day in court.
It happened while the woman was walking to the grocery store.
(Bloomberg) — Federal prosecutors are investigating an alleged cybercrime that drained more than $370 million out of FTX just hours after the cryptocurrency exchange filed for bankruptcy last month. Most Read from BloombergSouth Korea Sends Drones to Kim Jong Un’s Airspace in Unprecedented MoveRussia Says Ukraine Must Surrender Even as Putin’s Army RetreatsSouthwest Air Memos Showed Growing Alarm on Eve of Epic Winter StormChina Reopens Borders to World In Removing Last Covid Zero CurbsSouthwes
UCLA student and social media influencer Arine Kim said she was racially harassed by a stranger at an In-N-Out Burger on Christmas Eve. Kim, 20, and her friend Elliot Ha, both of Korean descent, were recording a TikTok of themselves eating at the California fast-food chain when they were approached by a man who called them "weird homosexuals," according to Kim. Kim, who had been recording the interaction the whole time, ultimately decided to post the real-time video of the incident to her TikTok account.
Friends of yoga instructor Leon Ferrara reported him missing after three days only to learn he didn't exist and was actually fugitive Jorge Rueda Landeros, wanted for murder.
"I love all my elves," Nicole Phelps wrote on a photo of the four boys looking festive
Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty ImagesIranian authorities ordered the landing of a flight carrying the family members of Ali Daei on Monday, accusing the Iranian football star and his relatives of participating in anti-government protests, according to Iranian state news agency IRNA. Daei’s wife and daughter were heading to Dubai from Tehran on a Mahan Air flight when the plane was instructed to land on Iran’s Kish Island, about hundred miles outside of the city, and they were removed from the flight
In Moscow, Idaho, it was somber Christmas weekend as people there pray for answers in rthe murder investigation of four college students. Meanwhile, police are warning against speculation, as an investigation into the student's deaths continue, six weeks since it happened. Reporter Stephen Goin has more.
A Colorado man was arrested Monday after allegedly going on a racist and homophobic rant against two college students, who were eating at an In-N-Out in the Bay Area on Christmas Eve.
Seth Green and Aimee Garcia left their seals of approval on Gellar's Instagram post
A man accused of going on a racist rant at an In-N-Out has been arrested.
Now that the WNBA star is finally back home, the spouses are savoring each moment and embracing the journey ahead
Kia and Hyundai thefts have spiked due to a viral TikTok trend
Atlantic City Prosecutor OfficeFriends of a New Jersey couple are reeling after the wife was accused of gunning down her husband on Christmas night.Marylue Wigglesworth, 51, has been arrested for allegedly shooting her 57-year-old husband David Wigglesworth at their Atlantic City home Sunday, according to the Atlantic County prosecutor. The couple’s social media pages were filled with happy photos from their seemingly blissful life together, with vacation shots and images from various events.“I


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *