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Viral TikToker Helps 81-Year-Old NJ Walmart Worker Retire

Devan and Nola
Devan and Nola Photo Credit: @dbon973 Instagram

A 19-year-old New Jersey TikToker has used his platform to help an 81-year-old Walmart worker pay off her mortgage and retire at long last.

It all started when Devan Bonagura posted a clip of Nola Carpenter during her shift at Walmart in Hackettstown on Wednesday, Nov. 2. He captioned it: "I feel bad."

The video garnered lots of attention and ultimately prompted Bonagura to launch a GoFundMe page for Nola. It took off immediately, reaching an astonishing $100,000 in less than 24 hours.

In a heartwarming update on Friday, Nov. 4, Bonagura and Nola’s family shared the exciting news with Nola that she had been seen by millions of viewers who had raised upwards of $100,000 just for her.

Nola shared in a final update with Bonagura that she plans on working through the holidays and retiring in January — but that her customers will certainly miss her because they “look for her every day.” Happy retirement, Nola!

As for the fundraiser? It’s still skyrocketing in donations and has reached nearly $184,000 as of Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Follow dbon973_ on TikTok for more, or click here to view/donate to ‘Let’s Help Nola Retire’ on GoFundMe.

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