Kerry Judd: 71-yr-old DoorDash driver gets $39K on GoFundMe after TikTok video goes viral
An elderly DoorDash driver felt blessed when the receiver of his latest delivery showed him some kindness. In a TikTok video that went viral, the age and earnings made by 71-year-old DoorDash driver Kerry Judd raised concern and caused many to share their joys with him.
Kerry Judd was connected to his DoorDash customer even after the delivery was complete. The kind customer set up a GoFundMe for Judd after knowing of his life history and struggles. She shared on her TikTok in writing, "Tell me I didn't just get the cutest DoorDasher."
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Anabelle Stephens captured the moment when Judd, father of two, delivered her food. She noticed his age and then shared her experience on TikTok. In just five days, this video received one million likes and nine million views. A user commented, " hope this old man is just working because he wants to stay active and have something to do. Old people shouldn't have to work." under the video.
Unfortunately in the case of Judd, delivering via DoorDash is not just a means to stay active, it's more of a way to make ends meet. After the TikTok went viral, Stephens tried to find Judd online. With the miracle of the internet, Judd's son reached out to Stephens. His son described Judd as a "private man" who has worked hard through a lot of hardships in his life.
On the GoFundMe request, Stephens says, "I found him! Kerry and I chatted on the phone this morning and I asked him to explain a little about himself!
"I am a 71 year old Security Guard, single, with two sons under my care. My wife died in 2011 and I am a DoorDash Driver to make ends meet.
I have been dealing with some health issues that have affected my Dashing abilities at times. I love sharing my DoorDash experience with others so they can earn income and be successful in their dashing experience.
"It isn’t easy with DoorDash basic pay of $2.50 per delivery. DoorDash fees are expensive so people don’t always tip because times are tough and there are times they are not able to go out so they order DoorDash - Kerry
"As you can see, Kerry really is a hard working guy who is working two jobs, trying to make ends meet, and is still raising older children. We spoke for a while and there is so much more to his story but he is private and just wanted this put out in the world. He is funny and sweet and thinks he used to take one of his kids to a babysitter at the house I live in - small world. Lets help this man quit at least one of his jobs!!!!"
The fundraiser has already received more than $39K of its $100K goal.