Neighborhood Surprises Dedicated UPS Driver With ‘Thank You’ Gift

A UPS driver in Virginia received a heart-warming surprise when the entire neighborhood turned up to thank him for his dedication.


Anthony Gaskins worked continuously throughout the pandemic delivering deliveries that were “life-saving, according to Midlothian residents.

Patty Friedman, a resident in the neighborhood, commended Gaskins’ commitment to his job and recalled how he personally helped her throughout this difficult time.

“Through COVID, Anthony has continued working, delivering packages at our doors, record numbers of them, over 180 times to date,” Patty Friedman wrote in an email. “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.”


Patty and her neighbor came up with an idea to show how much they appreciated Gaskin. The entire Hallsley neighborhood participated in a car parade as Gaskins arrived at the neighborhood on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

“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,” she wrote. “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.”


The neighborhood notified Gaskins’ supervisor about their plans and he attended to present Gaskins with a token of appreciation. A visibly moved Gaskins was too emotional with the love and appreciation he received from the Hallsley residents.


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