A delivery man went above and beyond the call of duty when he sanitized a family’s package after seeing a sign on their door warning that a child who lives there has an autoimmune disorder.
Carrie Blasi, 49, from Boca Raton, Florida, posted the sign for her 11-year-old daughter Emma, who has Type 1 diabetes. The chronic condition puts her at a higher risk of life-threatening complications if she gets sick with the coronavirus.
FedEx driver Justin Bradshaw, 28, was delivering a package to their home when he saw the note on the door. Instead of just leaving the box, he took the time to clean it and write a message assuring the family that it was sanitized.
Heart of gold: FedEx delivery man Justin Bradshaw, 28, took the time to sanitize a package to protect a young girl from coronavirus after seeing a warning sign on the family’s door
Security footage of the delivery shows Bradshaw doing a double-take when he walks by the warning sign that is taped to the family’s door.
‘STOP — Someone in this house has an autoimmune disorder,’ the sign reads. ‘Those who are immunocompromised are more likely to contract coronavirus (COVID-19) and experience life-threatening complications.
‘Due to the widespread outbreak of this virus we are using an abundance of caution through practicing self-isolation and social distancing. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Please leave packages/deliveries on the doorstep.’
After seeing the message, Bradshaw walks back to his delivery truck and grabs a paper towel and sanitizer, so he can clean the package for the family.
‘I sanitized [your] box once I’ve seen the note on [your] door,’ he wrote on the box.
Keeping her safe: Carrie Blasi, 49, from Boca Raton, Florida, posted the warning sign for her 11-year-old daughter Emma, who has Type 1 diabetes
‘Stay safe’: After seeing the sign on the door, Bradshaw wrote a note on the package assuring the family that he had sanitized the box
‘Stay safe,’ he added with a smiley face.
The coronavirus can potentially live up to 24 hours on cardboard, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine last month.
Blasi was so touched that she shared photos of Bradshaw’s note on the package and the warning sign on her door on Twitter.
‘We have a sign on our door for packages/mail as our 11-year-old daughter is a Type 1 Diabetic,’ she explained. ‘Our Federal Express delivery guy wrote this on our box “I sanitized your box once I’ve seen the note on your door” — and you can tell that he used sanitizer wipes on the box. Amazing!!’
Bradshaw told Yahoo Lifestyle that he understands the precautions because he knows what it’s like to have a high-risk child. His one-year-old daughter Nova was born at 28 weeks, weighing just 1 pound, 11 ounces.
Going viral: Blasi was so touched that she shared photos of Bradshaw’s note on the package and the warning sign on her door on Twitter
Paying tribute: Blasi and Bradshaw were able to connect online, and she showed her gratitude by starting the Twitter hashtag #BeLikeJustin
‘I keep gloves, wipes, and masks in my truck and an extra set of clothing to change into before going inside my house after work,’ he said. ‘When I come home, I take a 15-minute shower before greeting my family.’
Blasi, who was incredibly grateful, was shocked that Bradshaw took the time to sanitize the box before leaving it at her doorstep.
‘Who does that? He went above and beyond,’ she told Yahoo Lifestyle.
Blasi and Bradshaw were able to connect online, and she showed her gratitude by starting the Twitter hashtag #BeLikeJustin.
Doting dad: Bradshaw understands the precautions because he knows what it’s like to have a high-risk child. His one-year-old daughter Nova was born premature at 28 weeks
Everyday hero: Bradshaw, pictured with his wife Tasmin, said cleaning the box for the family was just a small way for him to help amid the coronavirus pandemic
The two met virtually via video chat last week, and the footage was shared by WPTV, with both Blasi and her daughter thanking him for his act of kindness.
‘From my family’s heart, we just thank you so much,’ Blasi said, while Emma added: ‘I really appreciate what you did for us.’
Bradshaw, who was joined by his wife Tasmin and their daughter Nova, said cleaning the box for the family was just a small way for him to help amid the coronavirus pandemic.
‘I feel like we should all do something to better the situation right now,’ he said.