Watch The Moment Actress Jada Pinkett Smith Pays It Forward To A Generous Uber Driver
It was the ultimate surprise that will allow this driver to keep doing good works for front line workers in her community.
Tammy Rivera is an Uber driver in Memphis, TN. When she's off duty, she says feeding people is one of the things that makes her happy.
So it might not come as a surprise that a random encounter with one of her riders resulted in an ongoing act of kindness: feeding hundreds of workers on the night shift at her local hospital.
What might surprise you is why actress Jada Pinkett Smith and her family are now invovled in paying it forward.
Rivera was driving a nurse from Germantown Methodist Hospital home one night a couple of months ago when the nurse asked if they could stop at a drive-thru. The nurse said she was hungry because, after business hours, the cafeteria in the hospital was closed, and if workers didn't bring dinner, they were left to graze the vending machines.
One of the thousands of workers who have enjoyed the meals Tammy Rivera delivers each night to her local hospital.#Feed The Frontline/GoFundMe
That gave Rivera an idea. She started buying meals from a local restaurant and delivering them to the hospital each evening. She posted to Facebook and started a GoFundMe campaign. Generous neighbors donated money to pay for more meals. Rivera has delivered thosuands since then. "I keep pinching myself that this has continued, which is great because the need is still there," Rivera told WMC-TV.
Rivera's story caught the attention of actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who invited her to appear on the Red Table Talk Show, hosted by Smith, her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris and daughter Willow on Facebook. Little did Rivera know what they had in store:
(You can watch the entire segment here, fast forward to 18:30)
"I have aging car and it's getting old and cranky," Rivera admitted to Pinkett Smith. "Just like everyry other single mom it's a strugle finances are always tight. But when I am helping other people my problems seem small by comparison."
The Will Smith Family Foundation gave Tammy Rivera a new car.Auto Nation/Twitter
That's when the hosts surprised her with the news that the Will Smith Family Foundation was buying her a new car. "I have never known such generosity in my entire life," Rivera told WMC. "I look at it almost every day since I got the car," Rivera said. "This is why I'm doing what I'm doing."