SOUTH DAYTONA, Florida -- A 70-year-old Taco Bell employee was surprised with the tip of a lifetime after his community came together to thank him.
For the past 20 years, Joe Deciccio has worked the drive-thru window at a South Daytona store -- handing out smiles and friendly greetings along with food orders.
When a Facebook group was created to spotlight restaurant workers during the pandemic, the employee known as Taco Bell Joe won by a landslide.
An initial gift of $50 soon swelled to thousands as donations poured in.
He was recently presented with a check of more than $6,000.
"It's my customers that I owe this to. They bring out the best in me. It's them. I couldn't do it without your help," Deciccio said. "And I'm going to do my best to live up to it. And spark a light, a little candle in every heart of every person that I meet."
Raj Gohill was among those who contributed to the tip for Deciccio.
"You could have the worst day, by the time you get through the drive-thru there, you're just smiling," Gohill said.
Taco Bell Joe said he never realized how many people he has touched but his customers give him strength as well as wisdom.
70-year-old Taco Bell employee surprised with tip of a lifetime