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Neighbours give delivery driver the surprise of his life to express their gratitude

Neighbourhood say thank you as delivery driver worked six-day weeks during coronavirus pandemic.

Whether experiencing NHS help first-hand, or seeing footage on the news, there’s no question frontline workers have been heroes during the coronavirus pandemic.

Though there are also unsung heroes; namely delivery drivers, bin collectors, shop workers and posties who have been unable to quarantine as they continue to work too.

And one neighbourhood in New York have gone above and beyond to show their local delivery driver that his hero status is most definitely not unsung.

[Credit: Humankind]

The residents of Smithtown were so excited to show their gratitude to United States Parcel driver Gregory Watkins Sr that they planned a street celebration in his honour.

On the mission to surprise him, they organised a secret mass gathering whereby all the neighbours came outside of their houses to line the road and clap for him.

Speaking about the random act of kindness, resident Christine Sacco said: “When we first moved to the neighbourhood and I had a new baby, I remember my formula used to get delivered to the house and the boxes would be heavy.

“He’d be like, ‘No, Chris! I’ll bring them in the house for you.’”

[Credit: Humankind]
[Credit: Humankind]

Speaking to Humankind, she added: “Even before all this [coronavirus], he goes above and beyond for all of our families.”

Christine’s husband was the one to set Greg up for the parade, advising him to drive down the road at a certain time so he didn’t miss the surprise congregation.

Stunned by the outpouring of love, and gifted with a truck full of flowers, Greg parked-up to thank the crowds and said he was “blessed” to know each and every one of them.

[Credit: Humankind]
[Credit: Humankind]

He explained: “I’ve been doing UPS for 30 years, I’m the type of guy that gets out there and does whatever they need to do to make that happen.

“I’ve been on this route since 2007, and as time has gone on, it’s become more and more of a pleasure to be in the area.”

Resident Karen Reuter agreed with Christine, saying it is amazing how many people know Greg now that they no longer have to say ‘Greg from UPS’ when talking about him.

Greg, who continued working a gruelling six-day schedule during lockdown, later revealed he was lost for words by the warm welcome.

He said: “I had no clue that was going to happen, so I was at a loss for words.

“I was totally blown away. It was amazing. I couldn’t believe they took to the time to put something together like that for me. I felt loved and cared for.”

Resident Linda Muratore summed it up perfectly when she added: “I love that it is the celebration of an every-day hero, not an athlete or an actress. These are the type of people we should be celebrating just out there being a good person.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Hats off to Greg!

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