Justin Bradshaw drew a smiley face on the package he delivered, but that’s not what made Carrie Blasi such a happy recipient.
It’s what he did just before that.
Bradshaw, a FedEx driver, was taking a box to Blasi’s home in Boca Raton, Florida, when he noticed a sign on the door.
“Someone in this house has an autoimmune disorder,” it stated, further advising that packages should be left on the doorstep.
Blasi’s 11-year-old daughter has Type 1 diabetes, a condition that could weaken her immune system and render her more vulnerable to infection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bradshaw, seeing the sign, knew just what to do. He wiped the package with disinfectant, and then wrote a note telling the recipient it was sanitized.
He ended the message with, “Stay safe” and added a smiley face.
Blasi, whose security camera recorded the act of kindness, was touched. “Amazing,” she wrote on Twitter. After the story was picked up by local and national media, she, her daughter, and Bradshaw and his family had a video chat.
“We thank you so much for doing something you weren’t even asked to do,” Blasi told him.
Bradshaw’s concerns about germs predate the pandemic. His daughter Nova was born at 28 weeks, weighing just 1 pound, 11 ounces, meaning she was at high risk for infections, he said. “The first thing I thought of (upon seeing the sign) was Nova, because she was a micro-preemie.”
The FedEx driver said sanitizing the package was his way of trying to “better the situation” during the pandemic.
Adding that smiley face helped, too.