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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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