Delivery drivers see all kinds of people throughout their busy days.
An Amazon employee named Antonio was delivering packages in a Charleston, South Carolina, neighborhood recently when he spotted a bright red sign on someone’s front door that made him stop in his tracks.
Carlos and Denise Pagan had posted the sign to warn visitors that someone in their house was fighting cancer and was especially vulnerable to COVID-19 and other illnesses. They needed it because Carlos was diagnosed with blood cancer in March. He is currently receiving chemotherapy, so his immune system is very weak.
While Antonio had to keep delivering packages along his route, he couldn’t get their family out of his mind. He recently lost two of his own loved ones to cancer, so he felt a personal connection with Carlos even though the two of them had never met.
So later that same day, Antonio returned with a very special delivery!
He left Carlos a card with a handwritten note inside and a bouquet of flowers!
“It really, really touched me,” Carlos told ABC4 later. “For him, especially after he had delivered our package, to come back so he went out of his way to purchase the flowers and the card and bring it back to the house.”
Best of all, Antonio wasn’t finished checking on his new friends! A week later, he returned to their home and was able to meet Carlos through a window.
Denise said they were especially moved to see Antonio that day because he came on his day off. Plus, he brought some encouraging words to share with Carlos after experiencing cancer in his own family.
“His eyes brightened up when he saw him, and he told him, ‘I want you to know you’re going to be OK and you’re going to be walking soon,’” Denise explained.
It meant the world to Carlos! “For someone that doesn’t even know me to come to my window … it was just awesome what he did.”
What a wonderful act of kindness! Antonio is such a powerful reminder of what it looks like to show compassion for our neighbors.
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