Harris Teeter employee raised over $26,000 after emotional farewell :: WRAL.com

– After 23 years, a beloved grocery employee worked his last shift at Glenwood Village Harris Teeter Tuesday.

When the community found out Tim McCloud was leaving, they decided to hold a fundraiser to show him how much he meant to them over the years – and ended up giving him a life-changing goodbye.

Almost every day for more than two decades, McCloud has been making the trip from Wilson County to Harris Teeter on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.

Officially, he’s packing groceries but for his clients, he’s doing so much more than that.

Julie Cavennes called McCloud her part-time therapist.

“He’s unbelievable. He’s so legendary here, I don’t think he even knows that, and that’s what makes him so beautiful,” said Cavennes. “He has no idea what a huge impact he’s had on our society.”

During his years of moments queuing up, I could talk to him about anything – they cried together,

He watched her children grow up.

Cavins said that many of her friends have the same kind of relationship with him.

But two weeks ago, McCloud told her something she wasn’t ready for.

“He started talking about an opportunity opening up in Wilson, nine minutes from his house,” Cavins said. “I started crying. I was like ‘You can’t leave me.'”

After 23 years, McCloud was moving to a Harris Teeter closer to home.

“When he told me that, I said, ‘How can I help him?'” said Cavins.

Caviness decided on fundraising.

She launched a page on GoFundMe, without telling him, with the goal of raising $1,000.

The site hit that target in less than an hour.

“I knew he had a fan club, and we all talk about Tim and how cute he is,” Cavens said. “I don’t think I had any idea how big his fan club was.” “Then we hit five. Then my mom would text me every hour, ‘What’s up so far?'” Then we hit ten. And I’m like, ‘Oh, wow.’

By the night of McCloud’s last shift, GoFundMe had raised nearly $23,000. On Wednesday, more than $26,000 was raised.

McCloud had no idea.

On Tuesday night, Cavins went shopping during McCloud’s last day of work – and asked him to take her out one last time.

Hundreds of people are cheering for him with banners and balloons waiting for him.

Emotion overcame him.

And then, the big reveal. They submitted to McCloud the results of the GoFundMe.

As the crowd said their goodbyes, McCloud told WRAL News what this latest gift would mean to him.

“It would help me a lot,” McCloud said. “He was blessed, you know.”

McCloud said more than anything that he would miss the community that was here in Raleigh.

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