CLAYTON, MO. – A longtime United Parcel Service driver from Missouri was surprised by more than 60 of her customers who gave her a check to buy a new roof.
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Residents and their dogs gathered to surprise Carolyn Crump, a 23-year UPS employee who has worked the Clayton Route for six years, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
“If I had known this was happening, I would have brought the whole canister (of dog treats) with me,” Crump told the newspaper.
Crump was holding a check marked “Happy Birthday” in honor of her birthday on Monday.
A few weeks ago, Crump learned that Jason Lehtman knew someone at a roofing company, KTVI reported. She mentioned in passing that she had to replace the 30-year-old roof of her house because it was leaking, the TV station reported.
Carolyn Crump, a United Parcel Service driver from St. Louis, was surprised on Friday by more than 60 of her customers – and their dogs – with a check for a new roof. https://t.co/UUo2KYu4pH
– St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) December 19, 2020
After Crump learned how much the repairs would cost, she said she could pay for the repairs in about six months.
Lehtman took action, set up a GoFundMe page, and raised several thousand dollars in two days, the Post-Dispatch reported. More than $ 11,000 was raised.
“Every single person can tell you a story that (Crump) went way beyond how they brought up food when someone broke their arm,” Lehtman told the newspaper. “She has a heart of gold. The day before we had to park our dog, I found her in our foyer and said goodbye to our dog. That’s the kind of person she is. “
On Friday afternoon, Crump’s supervisors, who were on board with the surprise, sent her to pick up a package that was missing from a house in Clayton, KTVI reported. When she arrived, residents blindfolded her and went to a neighborhood park where she was met by her daughter and dozens of friends, the TV station reported.
Here a check was presented to Crump.
“She’s just nice, she’s humble, I don’t think she even realizes the impact she has on people, she’s always smiling,” Christie Pickrell, who helped organize the surprise, told KTVI.
Crump’s supervisor, Jane Strini, also appeared to the surprise, the Post-Dispatch reported.
“During that time, it’s just nice to see a community come together and just give them recognition. You couldn’t ask for anything better, ”Strini told the newspaper. “She’s definitely a UPS woman – she is.”
“It’s easy to have a positive attitude when you know how blessed you are to have just one job, especially during a pandemic,” Crump told Post-Dispatch. “I love online shoppers. I should get a bumper sticker saying this on my car. You don’t sign my check but you definitely provide the materials for it. “
Crump was grateful for the check, but there was still much to be done. She gave the daughter the check and finished her route, delivering her last 20 packages, the newspaper reported.