UPS workers in Alabama surprised a teenage colleague who walked 10 miles to and from work every day to make money to care for his sick mother by buying him a jeep.
Derrick Taylor, 19, has been working at the center in Oxford, Alabama, for a year and a half loading and unloading vans with packages for $11.90 an hour.
He had been walking five miles in the dead of the night to begin 4am shifts and then completing the same trudge home at the end of the day without complaint to make sure he had enough money to look after his sick mother and pay their bills.
While co-workers often insisted on giving him rides for at least one leg of the journey, Derrick said he was too proud to ask for help both ways and doesn’t like accepting money or help from his older siblings.
He already had a driver’s license but couldn’t afford a car so staff clubbed together to buy one for him.
They bought him a bottle green Cherokee jeep for $1,100 from a local dealer and presented it to him in a tear-jerking video that was shared online earlier this month.
‘This is a hard working young man. He makes me emotional. This young man wants to work so bad, he walks to work from way out of town.
‘The group here, we’ve got some good news for you. Everybody came together and you don’t have to walk no more. You’ve got your own ride.
‘We want you to know we appreciate your hard work,’ James Williams, Derrick’s safety instructors, said as he handed over the keys.
An emotional Derrick wiped tears from his face before going to check out his new car in amazement.
Speaking to DailyMail.com on Wednesday, the 19-year-old said he was bowled over by his colleagues’ generosity.
‘I was overwhelmed with joy. No one had ever done anything like that for me so it made me cry and I’m not really the type to show my emotions.’
Derrick uses the money from his wages to take care of his sick mother and cover their bills because she cannot work.
He said he often refused free rides from colleagues to and from his house because he was too proud to accept hand-me-outs.
‘There were days when I walked there and you know caught a ride home and there were days I caught a ride there and walked home because I didn’t wanna ask anyone to take me.
‘I didn’t want to bother people but it’s a good eight to ten miles,’ he said.
Derrick has been working since he was 14 to look after his mother.
He hopes to one day become a driver for UPS and later invest in ‘something profitable’ like a college degree.
The 19-year-old promptly took his girlfriend Miriam out for a spin after receiving the gift
‘I wanna move up at ups and become a driver and with the money I make as a driver I want to invest into something profitable. I really wanna go to school and get a degree in business and music engineering,’ he said.