A 91-year-old grocery store worker is set to retire thanks to the help of nearly $65,000 in funds raised on GoFundMe after working for seven decades.
Betty Glover from Phoenix, Oregon, has been packing groceries for the past 10 years at the WinCo location in Medford, Oregon.
Earlier this month, Betty — who will turn 92 on May 22 — held a competition GoFundMe To help get some cash to pay off her fifth gig, her final expense before retirement.
Although she was aiming for $40,000, she managed to amass more than $65,000 and is now looking forward to spending the rest of her days with her grandkids when she retires on May 1st.
Betty Glover. 91, of Phoenix, Oregon, is a WinCo grocery worker who was finally set to retire with the help of money raised from a GoFundMe
Earlier this month, Betty — who turns 92 on May 22 — organized a GoFundMe to help get some cash to pay off her fifth camper van, her final expense before retirement.
Betty loves her job and her co-workers, but has wanted to slow down and take a break since she turned 90.
So, I took to GoFundMe in hopes of raising some money.
‘I’m a grandmother of about 92,’ she said, ‘and I still check out the groceries at WinCo. Although I love my clients and the people I work with, I would like to retire.
I really need to retire because my vision is failing me due to macular degeneration. To retire, I need to pay off my fifth wheel. If I could do that, I would have enough to pay the rent for the place, the groceries, and the medicines I needed.
“Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.”
Many community members and fellow WinCo workers got involved to help the 91-year-old retire, raising more than $60,000.
Talking to Rogue Valley TimesBetty said she was overwhelmed by the number of donations that had poured in.
She was shocked when the total amount exceeded her goal of $40,000.
“I never thought I’d make $40,000,” Betty told the outlet. It’s really heart-warming, and makes me want to cry.
Although she was aiming for $40,000, she managed to amass $65,000 and is now looking forward to spending the rest of her days with her grandkids when she retires on May 1st.
Betty — who has two children, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren — is ready to spend time with her family and slow down
I didn’t even know how to do a GoFundMe. My granddaughter did it for me, but I thought, “Nobody’s going to do anything. Nobody cares about everyone else anymore.” I think all of my co-workers and a handful of my regulars contributed.
Betty noted that her regulars made her love her job more, explaining that she has witnessed families grow and change over the past decade.
However, when she turned 90, she knew she needed to slow down. I went from working four days a week to two.
She explained, “It must have been too much. At 90, my legs started falling out. By 91, I was feeling it more. I talked to our guy who does the schedule and he said, ‘If you give me two days, I’ll be fine.'” What we agreed on.
Now, Betty has finally been able to retire after “working her whole life”.
Betty — who has two children, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren — is more than willing to spend time with her family.
“I would like to watch these little guys grow up.” It’s really sweet, and when you work when your kids are young, you’re missing out on so much of their life. Now, I would like to enjoy my great-grandchildren KDRV.
Thanks to the support of her regular clients who want her to “take a vacation” to see her family, Betty has announced her retirement and is very happy to start another chapter in life.
She’s excited to live,” she told the Rogue Valley Times.
‘I look forward to tomorrow.’ I always have. I don’t sit and think about death. I think of living. And I think about the exciting things that will happen tomorrow.