An Uber driver who skipped her shift to help a stranded woman in California will benefit over $230,000 in charity after the woman’s TikTok video about the experience grabbed the attention of millions.
This is according to 23-year-old Becca Moore, who started the campaign to help Raul Torres pay the family’s medical bills and other expenses, after she said that Torres sacrificed her day to help him.
Moore lives in Nashville and was traveling to California for the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, she told USA Today. She went to a private party where she lost track of her phone, credit card and rental car keys – she suspected they were stolen.
The next day, she meets Torres, an Uber driver whose daughter and father both had cancer. The experience would change the lives of both Torres and Moore.
But at first, a nervous Moore goes to her friend’s hotel in Indio, California, where the festival is held. He spent the night in his friend’s hotel room. The next morning, her friend flew to Canada. Moore needed to get a new phone, so she went to the hotel lobby to call an Uber to a Sprint store to ask the concierge for help.
Then Torres showed up.
“I had a piece of paper with the address of a Sprint store with me,” Moore said.
When she got in the car with Torres, she tried her best to act normal, but in reality, she had no phone, no credit card, no car keys and towed her rental car. was going.
Torres, a father of three, could sense something was amiss and eventually Moore told him the truth.
“I was like ‘I was robbed last night,'” she said. “I was downplaying it and was like ‘no.’ This is really bad. I’m not going to walk you into a Sprint store and drop you off. I’ll just wait and make sure you get a call.’ ,
He eventually came inside the Sprint store to check on her. He’s glad he did because he didn’t know about his plan and didn’t get a new phone.
That’s when Torres decided he was done driving for the day and made Moore his priority. To help calm her down, he took her to Starbucks.
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Moore knew her mother’s phone number by heart, so she called and asked her mother to track down the phone. Once they found out, Torres convinced a reluctant Moore to go to the police. The police took them to Airbnb where the phone was. The owner let them in to find him, but to no avail. Eventually, the police hooked up and left, Moore said.
Moore said, “They thought I was just some party girl and they were like ‘You don’t have a phone. Sorry.’
But it was much more serious than that, she says. Moore was stranded and far away from home. She and Torres go back home to make repeated searches until finally a breakthrough and she finds her phone.
“We found it at the gate,” she said. “It was so relieved because I knew I could go now. My credit card (phone) was in the case so I could get a rental car to get to L.A. so I could get to the airport or something. “
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The day things went wrong, Moore spoke to Torres’s wife, Linda, on the phone. She wanted to fill it because her husband was busy. His wife said that he helps people all the time.
Moore and Torres also had dinner that night and got to know each other more. They chatted casually about Moore’s birthday, June 16, which was important to Torres.,
“June 16 is the day my daughter was diagnosed with cancer two years ago,” he told Moore. “I was like ‘Oh my god. This guy’s daughter has cancer. I ruined her whole day.'”
That’s when she knew she had to help the family.
The Ohio native has been an influencer since May and already had at least 800,000 followers on TikTok when she met Torres. She knew that her daughter, an 18-year-old high school senior named Myra, was undergoing chemotherapy.
She started a GoFundMe on April 28 to help cover the family’s expenses. GoFundMe’s goal started at $1,000 but it did so well that Moore raised it. As of Friday afternoon, they have raised over $233,000.
“It went up to $1,000 in an hour and then to $100,000 in 24 hours,” Moore said. “That was the craziest thing ever. I still can’t believe it.”
Moore said Torres’ father also had cancer and died a day after the fundraiser went live.
Torres told Southern California news station KESQ that he almost didn’t accept the ride. Although he wanted to make some extra money to support his daughter.
The money will help the family cover outstanding medical bills and other expenses. Torres wants to open a taco restaurant someday and Moore hopes he can.
Recently, Moore accompanied her to a cancer benefit event in San Francisco. She also met his family on Mother’s Day.
“I spent time with him and his wife,” Moore said. “I love him. We went out for drinks and everything. He’s in really good spirits these days, except this week has been tough because his burial was for his father two days ago.”
“I want him to be able to open a business like this so that he is ready for life,” she said.
She also knows her daughter Myra very well. They saw the necklace of birth at the event they had attended together and mingled.
The family plans to accompany Moore on a trip to Ensenada, known as the wine capital of Mexico.
Moore said it felt like a dream to see such a change in her life. That fateful day when they met, he didn’t stop his good deeds with her. While they were inside the police station, a Spanish-speaking family came inside and could not understand the police.
“He started translating,” she said. “I even saw him tip this Starbucks employee like $20. He’s just the most generous person when he shouldn’t be so generous because he needs to focus on himself, but he’s so selfless. He’s so selfless.” changed the way of the world.”
Saleen Martin is a reporter on USA Today’s Now team. She is from Norfolk, Virginia and loves all things horror, witches, Christmas and food.