A little kindness can go a long way, and that’s true for an older Canadian who is getting a lot of mileage by handing out personalized thank you cards to long-distance truckers.
When the pandemic struck in 2020, a supply shortage quickly developed. Caught in the middle were the men and women responsible for transporting the goods in their large trucks.
After seeing various news stories in which drivers detailed some of the harsh realities of trucking in the COVID-19 era, such as not being able to use the toilets or being forced to stay in their taxis for hours after crossing the border, Beverly Perrin decided these unrecognized essential workers deserved some congratulations.
Last April, Perrin and her husband, Dick, began handing out batches of 75 to 100 personalized thank you cards every three to four weeks at a truck stop near their Chatham, Ontario home. To date, they total about 1,000 cards.
“When I started doing it, they looked at me like, ‘Really?'” Perrin said. CBC news. “A trucker asked me, ‘How much do I pay you?’ [I told him] it’s just me to you, as a senior, that we appreciate you so much. “
Each of Perrin’s notes contains the same message: “Thank you so much for bringing supplies to our stores. Although sometimes it is in difficult circumstances. Take care of yourself. Stay safe. God’s blessing on you always. I love Beverly Perrin, a very appreciative senior. “
Friends who know the Perrins say that while Bev’s massive missive gesture is somewhat unusual, it is entirely in keeping with her outgoing nature. “My husband and I serve other people,” she told CBC. “I get more out of what they get from me.”
We suppose you could say that when it comes to pure, unadulterated acts of kindness, for this inveterate thank you note writer, “the truck stops here.”
(CLOCK the CBC video with Beverly below).
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