"You Guys Are Awesome": UPS Delivery Driver's Viral Reaction To Snacks Left Out for Him by Homeowners
‘Tis the season for package deliveries! And deliveries! And more deliveries.
Saving so many of us time and gas, online shopping for the holidays is booming. That also means that delivery drivers are busy as their routes become even more demanding.
One family decided during the pandemic to show their appreciation for delivery drivers by leaving free snacks and drinks beside their door during the holidays.
Toni Hillison Barnett and her husband who live in Louisville, Kentucky have continued that tradition for the past three years.
She enjoys posting their reactions to her TikTok and Facebook pages to encourage others to show similar gratitude and support for these often unsung modern heroes.
The reaction of one UPS driver recently went viral on social media.
@toniraebarnett Snacks for our delivery drivers. This reaction might be one of the best! #snackcart #fyp #ups #nestcam #christmas #delivery #foryou ♬ Here Comes Santa Claus – Gene Autry
AZ Family reported on the viral video.
The driver arrived with his packages and is captured on their doorbell video reacting with surprise and joy to their offering.
“You guys are the best, I gotta take a snapshot of this,” he can be heard saying in the video. “Oh, Capri Suns are my favorite, Yes!”
Later on, that driver returned and announced his social media video had gone viral.
“Thank you! Oh yes, no way, we’re back again with the Capri Sun,” he said. “I think this is where I went viral, isn’t it? You guys are awesome. Thank you. Doritos … Thank you, have a great day. Thank you for making me go viral.”
@toniraebarnett Replying to @itskatiepatton Dee is back again and we had the @caprisun waiting! TY tiktok for making this awesome @ups driver go viral!! The world needs more of his energy & attitude! 🤍 #snackcart #ups #caprisun #wholesome #fyp #foryoupage #christmas ♬ Linus And Lucy – 2022 Mix – Vince Guaraldi Trio
We relied heavily on delivery drivers during the pandemic and they’re still very much in demand and very appreciated.
Yahoo! Life offered an article with suggestions for brightening your drivers’ days. They interviewed drivers who reported on many creative ways customers say thanks.
“Marcellus Chafford, a FedEx driver from Madison, Ala., says some days, these small acts of kindness make all the difference.”
“I know it makes a lot of our days because the days are long and the weather’s bad and cold,” says Chafford. “Once we see the snack boxes on the on the porches or outside of the garage, it brightens our day.”
As it gets colder, keeping warm can be a challenge. Jenny Rosado, a delivery driver for UPS in Stratford, Connecticut shared her thoughts on that.
“During cold weather months I have one customer who makes the best hot chocolate, complete with marshmallows,” Rosado says, adding that another leaves out disposable hand warmers.
“Those are great,” she says. “I stuff them into my gloves.”
Drivers reported they love finding bottled water, sports drinks, hand warmers, chips, prepackaged trail mix, and nuts. Sticky snacks are problematic and canned drinks can be difficult to balance in their trucks.
Even simpler, but deeply appreciated, is when customers leave a handwritten note of thanks and when they leave a light on near their delivery door.
When we wonder “who is our neighbor?” it’s not hard to imagine Jesus meant these hard working individuals who come right up to our doors, making our lives much easier.
Gratitude is always the perfect gift.