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A UPS Driver With A ‘Heart of Gold’ And A Leaky Roof Gets An Amazing Check From Customers

When it comes to making a delivery, we usually leave the process up to UPS drivers.

Carolyn Crump, a UPS driver herself, is used to this as well. Last week on Friday, however, she found herself on the other end of the delivery process. Dozens of her grateful customers banded together to give her a Christmas surprise.

The Clayton, Missouri delivery woman recently made headlines after receiving a crowd-funded check from over 50 of her customers.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Crump has worked for UPS for 23 years and had been dealing with a leaking, 30-year-old roof. “I am truly surprised,” Crump told Fox affiliate KTVI in an interview. “I love this route. I love my job. I love coming to work, I never mind working. It’s great, and this is why.”

Crump, who has spent the last six years working the same route outside of St. Louis, found herself building relationships with the area’s various residents.

One resident includes Jason Lehtman, a person on her route who helped launch the GoFundMe which helped to raise the money for Crump’s new roof.

“We all have her cell phone number. She’s on top of it, and if it’s raining, she’s wrapping it in plastic,” Lehtman told KTVI.

“Every single person can give you a story where [Crump has] gone above and beyond, like bringing up groceries when someone’s arm was broken,” he said in another interview with Post-Dispatch. “She’s got a heart of gold. The day before we had to put our dog down, I found her in our foyer saying her goodbyes to our dog. That’s the type of person she is.”

Lehtman, who works in roofing, went onto explain that when Crump had mentioned that she was looking into getting a new roof, he decided to start fundraising.

After just two weeks, Lehtman and the residents on Crump’s route were able to raise the money.

The project on GoFundMe raised several thousand dollars within two days. Last Friday, Crump got a call to take on a fake package pick-up, Crump was brought blindfolded to a local park. When she arrived, she found that over 50 people had gathered to celebrate her. Crump received her check gave it to her daughter Rachel and then jumped back into her truck to deliver her the rest of her packages.

“It’s easy to have a positive attitude when you know how blessed you are to just have a job, especially during a pandemic,” Crump told KTVI. “I love online shoppers. I should get a bumper sticker that says that on my car. They don’t sign my check, but they definitely supply the materials for it.”

After the initial goal to help Crump fix her roof was covered by the fundraiser, the extra money raised was given to her to help pay for bills and Christmas.

“She’s just kind. She’s humble,” a customer by the name of Christie Pickrell told KTVI. “I don’t think she even realizes the impact she has on people. She’s always smiling.”

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Latinas Share The Movies They Love To Watch With Their Friends

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Latinas Share The Movies They Love To Watch With Their Friends

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Sure, we’re still in quarantine but that doesn’t mean all female bonding goes out the window! Cuddling up with your friends and staying in for a good movie is still totally possible thanks to Zoom and wine. And while our options of views might seem to be dwindling thanks to a lack of content on streamers…

Fortunately, Latinas are coming together to share the best movies to watch.

Check them out below!
“Practical Magic” –jessica_546

“Birds of Prey.”- brainsbeastbeauty

“Bridesmaids.” –

“Mean Girls” –dominiricanmarie


Paramount Pictures


“13 going on 30!” –_mariaaceves

“Twilight.” –vivaloscupcakes

“Moulin Rouge.” –ninasandra

“Practical Magic. “ isabel__maria__

Warner Bros.
Roadshow Entertainment

“Selena.” –momma_bear_of4

“Bridesmaids & Mean Girls.” –glamit_gabby

“Romy & Michelle, Legally Blonde, Devil Wears Prada, How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days, the Wedding Planner, Sex & the City.”- mixtapemcgee

“Aquamarine.” –itz_me_otra_vez

“Hustlers.” –mellowagrelo


STXfilms

“Legally blonde!! HELLO!! My big fat Greek wedding, anything hallmark.” –luvgabz

“Coyote ugly.” –sugarandstorytime

“Now & Then.” –l.a.momma

NOW AND THEN, Thora Birch, Gaby Hoffman, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Christina Ricci, 1995


“Riding in Cars with boys.” –mrs.ssg415

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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A Woman On TikTok Gave Her Followers Insight Into What It Feels Like To Be Paralyzed

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In 2009, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that almost 5.4 million people in the United States live with paralysis. Still, despite how common this is, few people understand the condition of paralysis and how it affects a person’s daily life. Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Tawil, of New Jersey, recently set out to explain the experience on TikTok last year.

Since her first post in November, the TikToker has garnered over 1 million followers with content that focuses on her experience of being paralyzed from the waist down.

In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil explained an exercise that might give people a chance to understand the sensation of being paraplegic.

@jesstawil

#foryoupage #fyp #foryou #whatilearned #stemlife #needtoknow #weekendvibes #bekind #spinalcordinjury #productivity #disability #medical #paralyzed

♬ Epic Emotional – AShamaluevMusic

In a post shared on her TikTok page, Tawil shared an exercise with her followers that demonstrates how it feels to not be able to move a ligament. In this case, it’s your finger. According to Buzzfeed, Tawil came across the exercise after looking through posts related to disabilities. “I remember feeling so blown away because my legs felt the exact same way as my finger did,” she said.

“Not many people know too much about paraplegics and their capabilities, so I wanted to be that light to inform, educate, and even entertain people,” Tawil explained to BuzzFeed. “I want people to know what it’s like to be paralyzed … so that they can be a little bit more appreciative of what they have and remain humble.”

Tawil’s video demonstration currently has over 12 million views.

Tawil explained that a kidnapping and car accident led to her paralysis when she was in her teens.

Tawil explained that the accident took place on Nov. 15, 2014, when she went to a friend’s house in high school. When she arrived, Tawil discovered that men were present and instantly felt uncomfortable when she further learned that they had brought drugs and alcohol.

“When I eventually asked them to take me home, they took me to an abandoned road instead. When we got to this road, the driver stopped the car and put his foot on the gas and brake at the same time, doing a burnout with his wheels. He lost control of the car and crashed into a tree,” Tawil explained. “It was at this moment that I got whiplash, split my head open to the point where my skull was exposed, and sustained a spinal cord injury — leaving me paralyzed the moment we crashed,” she said. “Paramedics said that I lost the equivalence of a ‘Coca-Cola bottle of blood’ out of my head, and didn’t think I’d make it if they drove me to the hospital. So they drove me to a nearby soccer field where a helicopter airlifted me to the ICU. From there on, I went through seven months of rehab and remained permanently paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.”

Speaking about her injury, Tawil says she was “robbed of my ability to use the bathroom normally (I depend on catheters and enemas).”

Sadly Tawil says her experience led to her reclusiveness and weariness to trust others. Still, she finds that her disability comes with positives. “On the positive side, I have become a lot more spiritual and grateful to have been given another chance at life,” she told BuzzFeed. “My accident has emphasized the fact that we are not promised tomorrow, and that we should always be grateful for the simplest things in life… I also want to show people how I live my life in the present day — what is life like as a wheelchair user? — and devote my channel to being a blog where people can get to know me on a lot more of a personal level.”

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