Every Christmas season, delivery drivers can count on being attacked, but with the pandemic causing huge spikes in online ordering, it seems like the Christmas season never ends.
A brown-uniformed UPS driver in Dauphin, Pennsylvania, has met this challenge every day with good cheer and a sense of determination, often doing his best to make sure the packages in his care arrived on time.
To reward Chad Turns for his extraordinary work ethic, citizens along his path in the close-knit community came together to produce a special delivery of their own.
“The whole city has had a personal experience with Chad,” said Adam Shickley, a Dauphin resident. told CNN. “He once thought a package was a gift and there was a photo on the front. My kids were playing outside so he waited until his shift was up and came back to make sure they didn’t see him. “
Shickley’s wife Jenny echoed her husband’s sentiments. “On Facebook, another friend mentioned that there was a package that needed to be signed and that they were not at home,” she said. said TODAY. “Chad was nervous that it was important, so he went to his parents’ house to have it signed.”
To honor her tireless dedication, Jenny hosted a “Thank You Chad” fundraiser. Their original goal of $ 500 quickly called for a larger package when they entered more than $ 1,000.
He also drafted one of his UPS co-workers into a secret plan that involved a mock pickup at the end of the day at a municipal building. When Chad arrived, instead of a package, he found a group of people waving thank you signs, a large hand-signed autographed card, and probably lots of smiles under face masks. Together, they presented him with $ 1,000.
Chad was torn by the avalanche of support and said: “It was very overwhelming. The idea that they would even think of me to do anything … to go further and do what they did was really amazing to me. “
“Celebrations like this really highlight the bond our drivers have with their customer base,” UPS spokeswoman Jackie Fajt said in a statement. “Chad is a great UPSer and has been delivering to the residents of Dauphin for over a decade.”
Putting the “special” in special delivery is an integral part of a day’s work for Chad, and many drivers, who will happily continue to deliver one package at a time to keep the world running smoothly.
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