UPS Driver Can’t Hold Back Tears Tears After Learning Why Cars Lined Up And Down The Road For Him
Oct 13th, 2021
When the pandemic hit, all of the people anywhere in the world got affected. We know by now that not only the healthcare workers were the ones risking their lives for us, but also other essential workers like those working in grocery stores and delivery personnel. They too were also forced to step up and become our modern-day heroes amid the pandemic.
These days, people rely a lot on delivery workers. We need their services to bring us essentials while we stay home. The virus has made many of us reliant on USPS, FedEx, and UPS. These workers have proven how essential they have become. There is no doubt that they have contributed to keeping the American economy alive.
Among the delivery guys who have given their all during the pandemic, Anthony Gaskin is one of them. He works for UPS.
He is making sure that the residents in Chesterfield County, Virginia, Gaskin made sure that the residents here got their packages on time, as promised. But when the pandemic struck and shut America down, he knew that it was going to be a challenge for him. But he never stopped. He continued to do his job. What he never imagined was that his job would be very important for the residents here.
The residents of the small Virginia suburb felt that Anthony deserved to be recognized for his hard work for he has truly been passionate about his work even before the pandemic happened. To pay back his kindness, the residents along Gaskin’s regular route planned a surprise for him.
He was going about with his regular shift when he noticed that there is a line of cars along the road. He never thought about it for a second but he knew that it was not typical for the residents to leave their cars outside. And what made it even more confusing was that people were standing outside of their cars.
They were waving and cheering as Gaskin drove his brown UPS truck through town.
Most of the people carried signs thanking him for his hard work. Two children held a sign that read: “Hallsley loves you, Anthony.”
In an email to WTVR sharing this amazing story, Patty Friedman wrote: “Even though his truck does not have sirens and his uniform does not offer added fire protection, Anthony Gaskins is considered a hero in the Hallsley neighborhood. Through COVID, Anthony has continued working, delivering packages at our doors, record numbers of them, over 180 times to date.”
She added: “I wanted to thank him personally for how much he helped me feel welcome when I moved in during a pandemic. It was terribly lonely, and he was always the highlight of my day. Arriving on bikes, on foot, and in more than 75 cars, hundreds of Hallsley residents lined the road and waited for Anthony to turn the corner.
A humble man, he needed to be coaxed, but eventually, slowly drove his truck down the road while children and adults held up signs, screamed his name, honked their horns, and rang bells. Gaskins’ supervisors even showed up to present him with a gift. ”
It was a simple gesture from the residents but it definitely blew Anthony away. For him, maybe he is thinking that he was only doing his job, but the residents want to show their gratitude for his hard work.