Tiny Town Throws Party to Thank Its Only UPS Driver | 22 Words

A small town did a wonderful thing recently by throwing a party to thank its only UPS delivery driver for working so hard through the pandemic and, of course, it's touched so many hearts...

Because right now, times are harder than ever.

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Thanks to the global pandemic, millions of jobs and livelihoods have been either put on the line or completely destroyed in the last year.

So many businesses have had to close their doors for good due to the lack of income...

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Resulting in a scarily high number of unemployment.

People all around the world have had to pick up temporary jobs in grocery stores and warehouses in order to make ends meet...


But one of the most in-demand jobs out there right now is, of course, a delivery driver.

Because during the pandemic, people have been shopping online more than ever...

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And have been strongly relying upon delivery drivers to get their much-needed parcels.

Workers for huge delivery couriers such as UPS, Amazon, and Parcel Force have been stretched to their limits in the last year...


And there's absolutely no doubt how hard they've been working to ensure hundreds of thousands of their customers get their deliveries on time.

Many of these delivery drivers have sadly been over-worked to their limits...

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Especially those who work alone covering small towns.

Well, the small town of Dauphin, Pennsylvania, recently decided to do something pretty special for their UPS delivery driver...

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Who has been working tirelessly by himself for the last year delivering parcels for the residents of Dauphin.

Chad Turns has been delivering packages for UPS to the small town for over a decade...

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And he's gotten to know and become friends with nearly all of the people who live in Dauphin, something that isn't unusual for a small town.

Well, this is what gave residents the brilliant idea to throw a party for Chad to thank him for his years of hard work and service...


And to also thank him for working non-stop during the pandemic.

People have been left truly touched by the kind gesture...

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Talking to TODAY, Dauphin resident Jenny Shickley explained how special Chad was in her town.

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"Everyone knows how special Chad is. If he thinks something might be a gift - and this happened to us - he literally didn't deliver it when the kids were in the yard, he just drove by, and then he drove all the way back to our house after dark because he was nervous it was a gift and didn't want to ruin it for the kids."

When the pandemic first kicked off last year, Chad's workload doubled...


And he began taking on working hours that would be typical around the festive season.

"He's been working sixty-eighty hour weeks for a year," Jenny said, "He's been working Christmas-style hours for 365 days."

This is what gave Jenny the idea to organize an event within the town to say a big thank you to Chad for all of his hard work.


With the encouragement and support of fellow residents, she organized a "Thank You, Chad" event through a community Facebook page with the intention of doing a big group gift.

"The funny thing is I meant to set it up for $300, but it set to $500," she shared, "It hit $500 within two days and the total wound up being a little over $1000."

And finally, on Tuesday...

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Donning masks and standing socially distanced, community members cheered and clapped in the parking lot as Chad's brown delivery truck pulled up.

"It was very overwhelming," Chad said of his surprise, "The idea that they even thought of me to do anything... to go above and beyond and do what they did yesterday was truly amazing to me."

It was a very emotional moment for Chad.

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"I cried," he shared, adding that his wife also teared up, "I always call her when I leave work and she asks me how my day was. It was a tearjerker. It was very touching and humbling."

You can check out the amazing video of Chad's surprise party here:

Because it's the least that Chad and so many other delivery drivers out there deserve during this difficult time!