Delivery driver breaks down in tears as residents line the street to thank him

At this time of year, delivery drivers should receive a huge round of applause from us all.

Due to the highly unusual year, they have become some of the most valued members of society.

While many of us stay at home, they are working from dusk to dawn making sure people get their parcels.

From delivering essential packages for shielders and Christmas presents for relatives we can’t be with, it’s fair to say they have taken on a key role this year, which we are grateful for.

One neighbourhood wanted to make sure their delivery driver knew how grateful they were for his hard work this year.

Anthony Gaskins, a UPS driver, has delivered thousands of parcels this year to residents in Hallsley, Virginia.

Resident Patty Friedman and her neighbours decided to organise a mass thank you in order to show him how much they have appreciated his daily deliveries.

The celebration, on Tuesday, December 15, saw hundreds of residents line the roads ahead of Anthony’s arrival.

Adults and children screamed his name, honked car horns, rang bells and held signs thanking Anthony for all of his hard work.

His supervisors also showed up to present him with a gift.

One neighbour told 6 News Richmond: “Anthony always delivers our packages with a wave and a smile.

“Sometimes he is the only outside face we see during the day.

“We appreciate his hard work and dedication during the pandemic, which delivered food, supplies, and even holiday gifts to a high-risk family.”

Another said that the delivery driver “always smiles, waves, and goes above and beyond to deliver packages with care.”

They added: “He makes you feel like a friend when you see him.

“He brightens our day, whenever he drops off a package, which is frequently at our house!”

The mass thank you has gone viral since being shared on Reddit.

One person wrote: “Good guy Anthony! Cheers to him.”

Another commented: “These guys should all be celebrated. They’re the heroes of the pandemic. Our UPS guy is one of the greatest guys I know.”