Lyft driver’s TikTok plea to help Shreveport rider get car goes viral, exceeds goal


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Lyft ride for a Shreveport man heading to work on a rainy November day inspired the driver to start a fundraising campaign that went viral on TikTok. Now, the hardworking convenience store employee is about to get his own car and more.

It all started when Lyft driver David Daniels shared details of a ride with his passenger, Ed, with his followers.

“The things that I was complaining about seemed so small, he was walking ten, eleven miles a day and working the night shift at a gas station and couldn’t be happier to do it. It was just encouraging to me.”

Ed’s story on TikTok started gaining attention from thousands of people.

“The response has been unbelievable. Not only that, to see the love that people have for somebody they don’t even know.”

Daniels created a GoFundMe page to help Ed get a car and it exceeded their goal within 18 hours, so he called his friend Beau Witkowski at SBC Autos in Bossier City.

“So whenever I picked up the phone at 9 o’clock and they immediately said yeah, I already got a car in mind. Lets do it.”

For Ed’s dedication and hard work, on Monday they’ll be presenting him with a car, car insurance for six months, and a gift card for gas.

Ed has a six-year-old son, so they came up with an idea to collect toys to ensure he has a merry Christmas, too. You can drop off toys at Regional Homes at 3500 E Texas street in Bossier City.

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