The holidays are a special time, when we have a chance to pause and reflect on the important moments throughout the year and the people who made a difference in our lives. We’d like to take this moment to share with you some holiday warmth and cheer from around our industry.

Neighbors Suprise the Favorite UPS Driver with Show of Gratitude

In Chesterfield County, VA, UPS driver Anthony Gaskin is considered a hero to one neighborhood. Throughout Covid, Gaskin worked tirelessly throughout the year, delivering life-saving medications and supplies to residents. For many, his was the only face they saw outside their own homes, and they looked forward to kind smiles and friendly waves.

The residents decided to show Gaskin how much they appreciated his efforts. More than 75 cars, plus neighbors on bike and by foot, lined the roads, waiting for Gaskin to round the corner. When he appeared, they held up signs, honked their horns, and rang bells to show their gratitude. Even Gaskin’s supervisors showed up with a gift. Gaskin, true to his work ethic, spoke briefly to offer his own thanks, and then got back to work, delivering those much-needed packages.

Truckers Get the Chance to Deliver Some Christmas Magic

Truckers drive everything, and with more than 40 years on the road, Theron Schmalzried has seen it all. Or at least, that’s what he thought… but then he got called upon for something entirely new. He was asked to be part of the team that would deliver the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.

The “People’s Christmas Tree.” Each year, one special tree makes the journey from the forest services land where it’s harvested, to Washington DC, where it is decorated and lit for the season. This year’s tree–a 55-foot Engelmann Spruce, was harvested in Colorado’s Uncompahgre National Forest.

Schmalzried was joined by 23-year veteran driver William “Butch” Hanna for the job. The pair of drivers were entrusted with The People’s Christmas Tree because of their experience and the fact that they’ve both been recognized with numerous driver and safety awards. Both drivers were grateful to have the chance to take on this special job. Hanna remarked that the tree assignment was a fitting cap to his rewarding career.

The Trucker who Rescued the Rockefeller Owl

By now, you might have heard about the owl who was discovered hiding in the branches of the 75-foot-tall Norway Spruce that was this year’s Rockefeller Christmas Tree. But did you know it was a truck driver who saved the bird?

Upon discovering the owl, the unnamed truck driver knew he needed to act swiftly. He captured the little bird and put her in a warm box for the ride home. The driver’s wife contacted the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in Ulster County, and the organization agreed to give the owl a new chance at life. While the bird was a bit malnourished and dehydrated from her three-day journey in the branches of the tree, the rescue was able to help her make a full recovery. She was released back into the wild at dusk on November 25th.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

For all who celebrate, we at F|Staff wish you all a very Merry Christmas. And may the new year bring everyone peace and joy!