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With non-essential stores closed and us all spending more time in our homes this year, delivery drivers have performed a more essential service than ever - especially as we all race to complete last minute online shopping for Christmas.
Residents of the Hallsley neighbourhood in Virginia, US, were determined their local UPS driver Anthony Gaskin should get a proper thank you for his hard work during an incredibly difficult time.
To show their appreciation, on Tuesday 15 December hundreds of residents lined the streets to hold placards with messages of thanks, honk their horns and scream Anthony's name.
Overcome with the display of gratitude, Anthony was even presented with a basket of Christmas cards and gift cards by the thankful neighbours.
One neighbour told WTVR: "Sometimes he is the only outside face we see during the day.
"We appreciate his hard work and dedication during the pandemic, which delivered food, supplies, and even holiday gifts to a high-risk family."
Another said: "He makes you feel like a friend when you see him.
"He brightens our day, whenever he drops off a package, which is frequently at our house!
"He stands out from ALL other delivery drivers and we love him!"
Describing how the neighbours organised the special thank you, Hallsley resident Patty Friedman said: "Through Covid, Anthony has continued working, delivering packages at our doors, record numbers of them, over 180 times to date.
"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.
"Mentioning this to a few people and the response I got was all I needed to know I was not alone.
"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."
Anthony was clearly moved by the gesture, with pictures showing him wiping tears from his eyes.
Delivery drivers have made this pandemic a lot more bearable, and the Hallsley residents' kind gesture to Anthony shows that maybe we should all show hard-working delivery drivers a little bit more love.
Featured Image Credit: Lexi Hanrahan
Topics: Daily Ladness
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