Derlin Newey, a pizza delivery boy in Utah, hugs the Valdez family after being caught with the tip of his life.
Things changed quickly for Derlin Newey, an 89-year-old pizza delivery man who received a surprise delivery from "regulars" on his route: a $ 12,000 tip.
Derlin Newey couldn't believe it Tuesday morning when the Valdez family knocked on their door in Utah.
CNN affiliate KSL TV was there to witness the moment.
How can I say thank you?
I don't know what to say, "Newey said, holding back tears of joy.
Newey delivers pizzas for Papa John's about 30 hours a week.
He told KSL that he started the job after realizing that he couldn't live on social security alone.
89-year old Derlin Newey started delivering pizzas to make ends meet.
He never thought one of his customers would change everything.
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In addition to being a delivery driver, Newey is also a rising TikTok star thanks to some loyal customers inspired by his kindness.
The Valdez family said they always ask about him when ordering pizza and began recording his deliveries as TikTok videos on their @vendingheads channel.
Everyone loves him, "said Carlos Valdez.
The family claims that their signature phrase with each delivery is, "Hello, are you looking for some pizza?"
The family, with more than 53,000 followers, often received comments asking why Newey was delivering pizzas at his age.
They agreed that he shouldn't have to work so hard and decided to use the platform to do good.
They asked their supporters to make a donation to help Newey, and the money started pouring in.
They were quickly able to raise $ 12,000.
They presented him with a signed check from his "TikTok Family."
Derlin Newey was shocked to learn that his "TikTok Family" raised over $ 12,000 for him.
Newey was taken completely by surprise.
He didn't even know what TikTok was, but he was grateful for the unexpected blessing.
"I don't know what to say except thank you," Newey said.
The Valdez family told KSL that the surprise couldn't have been better.
"I needed this.
I'm glad we could help him, ”Valdez said.
“We just have to treat people with kindness and respect as he does.
He stole our hearts, "he added.
And if the money wasn't enough, the family sweetened the surprise with a T-shirt that read, "Hi, are you looking for some pizza?"