On every day of the COVID-19 pandemic, delivery drivers and delivery workers are putting themselves right on the front-lines, ensuring that our cities remain functional and our people are supported in staying the course of staying at home.
Through their essential work, goods and supplies can continue to come into communities, keeping services and businesses running and keeping people connected with one another during this crisis. In many cases, delivery workers are the bridge between us and the outside world, acting as the door-to-door messengers for those in self-isolation.
Despite the current situation weighing heavily on Canadians, positivity and hope is still in abundance. As UPS Canada shares, an attitude of gratitude has emerged in Canada, with people recognizing and expressing their appreciation of the hard work of their dedicated delivery drivers.
Messages of gratitude / Photo provided by UPS Canada
Customers of UPS are giving thanks to drivers through handwritten thank you notes posted on their doorsteps, creative chalk art along the sidewalks, and even gift baskets left on porches.
Among the most popular (and thoughtful) gift items are hand sanitizer bottles and antibacterial wipes, helping drivers continue to follow the social distancing and hygiene protocols as part of the COVID-19 health and safety standards.
In what is surely a busy and stressful season, reading the personalized stories of UPS customers and seeing their well wishes for their wellbeing through these personalized gestures of appreciation brightens up each day in the life of a UPS employee. For what delivery drivers see as their jobs, the public considers an act of sacrifice, strength, and care that deserves recognition.
Delivery driver / Photo provided by UPS Canada
We all need reminders and affirmations that we’re doing the best we can to navigate these unchartered territories. For our essential workers, the support of the community delivers just the boost of momentum that will keep their spirits high and empower them to keep on going.