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This Is What It's All About! Community Plans Sweet Surprise For Their UPS Driver

Wait until you see his reaction when a group of 50 families showed up to say thank you.


Gregory Watkins Sr. has been a UPS driver in the town of Smithtown, NY for over 13 years. Recently, the community planned a big surprise to thank him for all his hard work.

Residents of the Long Island neighborhood made signs and held them up as Watkins drove past. Then, 50 families greeted him in a nearby parking lot with cheers and applause.

One of the residents filmed a video as the neighbors presented Watkins with cards and gifts, including a beautiful potted plant.

"You're an essential worker, but you've always been essential to us," one woman said as Watkins smiled with pride. "You know our families; we know your family. We adore you and we just wanted to say thank you."

Watkins, who seemed to be a bit speechless, responded: "This is so amazing. So amazing!"

Watkins is known for always going above and beyond his duties as a UPS driver, whether he's helping an elderly woman with her trash or circling back to make sure someone gets their medicine on time.

During the pandemic, Watkins worked extra hard to make sure everyone was taken care of and got what they needed, when they needed it.

"There's people who are hunkered down, who haven't left their homes. And, they do need medical supplies, food and things like that," Watkins told News 12 Long Island. "That's my job, that's what I'm out there for, to handle that business."

In the video, Watkins addresses the group of people who have gathered to celebrate him.

"It's been a pleasure to be in this area, and to get to know everybody here," he said. "I'm watching your kids grow. I'm watching them start to drive."

The neighbors collectively groaned when Watkins told them he would only be delivering in their neighborhood for another two years, but that didn't stop the smiles from those who Watkins has obviously made a profound difference in their lives.

We love stories that celebrate the everyday heroes that communities come to know and love. People like Watkins truly are essential, during a pandemic and always!

Watkins has been delivering packages to the community for over 13 years. Christine Butler Grazia/Facebook

How can you start something good?

Inspired by the Smithtown neighborhood's incredible act of kindness?


There are plenty of ways for you to show your appreciation for essential workers in your community. You can make a sign, leave water or snacks, or organize a group thank you effort, like these folks did.


Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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