Nineteen-year-old Derrick Taylor relies on his job at UPS in Oxford, Alabama to care for his sick mother. Rain or shine, Taylor walked 10 miles to work each day.
For more than a year, he has worked at the UPS center, loading and unloading vans, The Daily Mail reports. Earning $11.90 an hour, he prioritized paying bills over purchasing a car.
Taylor’s shifts begin at 4 a.m., causing him to leave home to walk the five miles to work in total darkness. He would complete the same trek at the end of each day. Co-workers said he would refuse rides even when they offered.
Recognizing his hard work and sacrifice, a group of workers at UPS pitched in to buy him his very own car. Allie K Steen, who captured the emotional moment and posted it on Facebook last week said, “At UPS we take care of our own.”
In the video, Taylor is rendered almost speechless by the surprise. He then repeatedly thanks the group for the generous gift and can't stifle his tears. “This is really going to change a lot for me,” he said.
Millions of people have seen the video on Facebook since it was posted on Feb. 22. From there, the story was picked up by local and national media outlets, including NBC's "Today" show and local ABC, NBC and Fox affiliates.
The act of kindness inspired commenters, who in turn commended the UPS workers. "None of us have to be wealthy to make a difference. You just have to care about people and care to be a part of that difference," Will Estell commented on Facebook.
Watch the full video here: https://goo.gl/rwUHua