Neighbors Line up on Street To Applaud UPS Driver's Work During the Pandemic | 22 Words

Neighbors on a street in Richmond, Virginia, lined up outside to show their appreciation for a UPS driver and all of his hard work during the pandemic.

The photos are absolutely heartwarming...

There's no doubt that essential workers have been our nation's saving grace.

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While the pandemic continues to ravage our country, there are people out on the front line continuing to plough on.

Of course, first and foremost, we have our healthcare workers.

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They have been working tirelessly to look after those who have been deeply affected by the virus, dedicating their lives to the cause.

But what about the unsung heroes?

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This includes postal workers.

At a time when we're all forced to be distant...

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They have tried their best to make us still feel connected.

Now, the US Postal Service has been under strain for a while now.

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Last month, postal workers across the country sounded alarms over changes the newly appointed United States Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, had made to USPS since taking over in June.

These changes included cutting overtime and limiting post office hours...

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Which workers say has been causing massive delivery delays.

And, with all the Americans that voted by mail this November due to the coronavirus...

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Lawmakers had been concerned with how these hour cuts and struggling workers could affect the election.

The USPS is in desperate need of a money injection...

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But President Trump has made his stance on giving the service more money quite clear.

At a press conference, he made this comment:

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"If we don’t make a deal, that means they [USPS] don’t get the money, that means they can’t have universal mail-in voting. They just can’t have it. Sort of a crazy thing. Very interesting."

It's an incredibly detrimental situation.

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And, ever since the president's blatant refusal to help the struggling service, people have been taking to the streets to protest the shocking underfunding.

But how exactly can we help?

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Protests have been proven to work for countless other issues in the past, but surely there must be another, more direct way in which we can help our struggling USPS workers?

Well, you may just be in luck.

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Since the controversy unfolded, postal workers from across the country have been taking to Reddit to share ways in which we can make their jobs that little bit easier.

1. Always leave out a refreshment for exhausted USPS workers.

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Reddit user, f309rod wrote: "Former carrier here. Had one house that always left me a bottle of ice-cold water. Highlight of that route!"

2. A little bit of fun can go a long way.

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Sashwake recalled: "I am a carrier. I have a running tic-tac-toe game going with some kids on my route. They have a paper hanging off the mailbox and we just do one X or O a day. I'm not sure who looks forward to it more, me or them."

3. This user explained how any gesture is appreciated.

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"Husband delivers mail and he loves just about anything people do. From pictures drawn from kids along the route to thank-you letters to cold water and Ding Dongs. He is appreciative of it all!"

4. Always remember that USPS vans don't have air conditioning.

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ProFriendZoner wrote: "Keep in mind the mail carriers don't have air conditioning in their vehicles. There was one [who died from extreme heat] in California in 2018. The collection drivers don't have AC as well, but they don't hit the residential areas for the most part." So, any form of refreshment that will help to keep them cool will be massively appreciated.

5. Always be friendly.

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L_Jackson explained: "My father has been a postal worker for decades. What makes him smile the most is when people just reach out and are nice and friendly. He would always tell us stories about the people who would put a smile on his face. Notes/cards go a long way. But also just say hi and ask them how their day is going."

6. Get a bigger mailbox!

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A former USPS worker explained: "Former mail carrier here, the #1 thing you can do is get a bigger mailbox. Water and treats are nice, but a box they don't have to get out at to deliver things is the gift that keeps on giving."

7. Always be understanding if your mail is late.

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User, visceralbutterfly listed: "Being patient with us if there are delays, somebody actually being home to take the next-day 1 p.m. delivery parcel you ordered, agree on a safe place for any parcels you get so your postie doesn’t have to spend extra time writing out a card."

8. Delays are bound to happen, but this isn't the postal workers' fault.

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Another user explained: "Please be friendly and understanding if something is late or missing. As of right now, a lot of this stuff is out of our control. It’s coming straight down from the top and there isn’t a lot we can do about it ourselves."

Despite everything that's going on right now, they're continuing to work through it all.

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And the people on a street in Richmond, Virginia decided to show their appreciation for their area's UPS worker who has been going above and beyond to deliver parcels throughout the pandemic.

Anthony Gaskin was driving into the neighborhood for his delivery route when he saw the surprise...

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CBS News reported that all the people in the street lined up and cheered for him as he drove in.

Patty Friedman, the woman that organized the event, said this:

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“Through COVID, Anthony has continued working, delivering packages at our doors, record numbers of them, over 180 times to date," she told CBS affiliate WTVR. “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."

And the best thing about it was that even his UPS supervisors were there too!

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"Arriving on bikes, on foot, and in more than seventy-five cars, hundreds of Hallsley residents lined the road and waited for Anthony to turn the corner," Friedman wrote on her social media. “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."

And the neighbors also had some kind words to say about him...

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“Anthony always smiles, waves, and goes above and beyond to deliver packages with care," a neighbor told the same outlet. “He makes you feel like a friend when you see him. He brightens our day, whenever he drops off a package, which is frequently at our house! He stands out from ALL other delivery drivers and we love him! Cheers to Anthony!"

Another neighbor also added this:

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“Thank you Anthony for all you do," a second neighbor said. “My 6-year-old daughter hasn't seen either set of grandparents in over a year. This has been very hard on everyone. Many of the packages you deliver are from them. The joy the packages bring makes it worthwhile. Thank you for always delivering them with a kind smile and a friendly wave!"

This is one of the most heartwarming stories to come out of such a tough year.

Let's just hope 2021 treats us all a bit kinder. For more feel-good stories, keep scrolling...