FedEx driver Justin Bradshaw is being celebrated for a conscientious act that was caught by a camera set up on a Florida family’s front porch.
In the footage, Bradshaw is seen sanitizing a package he delivered to the home of an 11-year-old girl with an autoimmune disease.
Bradshaw arrived with a package to be delivered to the Florida home and saw a sign that informed him of the young girl’s autoimmune condition.
Carrie Blasi had made the sign to inform visitors of her daughter Emma’s increased susceptibility to COVID-19 due to her type 1 diabetes.
After reading the sign, Bradshaw is seen taking out a wipe and proceeding to carefully sanitize the entire package, leaving a note to let the family know he did so.
“I sanitized you[r] box once I’ve seen the note on your door,” he wrote. “Stay safe.”
When the family retrieved the package (containing medical supplies for Emma), they were moved that the driver took the time to protect their daughter. Carrie Blasi tweeted her gratitude.
We have a sign on our door for packages/mail as our 11 year old daughter is a Type 1 Diabetic— Carrie blasi (@Cure4emma) April 6, 2020
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.
Blasi’s tweet was met with many responses from folks echoing her gratitude for delivery people and mail carriers who are putting themselves at risk in order to keep things running. It also inspired others with compromised immune systems to post signs about their own conditions.
This is precious! Not only was this an amazing act by this gentleman, but I, too, have an autoimmune disorder and this made me aware of putting a sign on the door. Thank you! 💕— Deb (@mosier_deb) April 10, 2020
The tweet made the rounds until local media got a hold of it and arranged an interview with the Blasi’s and their delivery driver hero Bradshaw.
Bradshaw appeared with his wife and their daughter, Nova. Nova was born prematurely at only 28 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 11 ounces, and Bradshaw explained his experience of her birth helped him relate to the Blasi’s needs.
“When I saw the sign, the first thing I thought of was Nova because she was a micro-premie, and she’s very high risk,” he said.
The two families shared a social distancing guideline approved virtual hug at the end of the interview.
Bradshaw’s act of kindness likely would have gone unnoticed if not for Blasi’s post. She’s using the hashtag #BeLikeJustin in hopes that others will follow his lead.
Carrie Blasi says Justin’s caring gesture gives her hope. Us too— we’re all glad she shared it.