This FedEx worker went above and beyond the call of duty when, along with the mail, he delivered ice cream cupcakes from Dairy Queen to a little girl on her birthday.
Six-year-old Emma was overjoyed by the surprise treat, but deliveryman Jodan Price was modest about the gift.
He explained, “I just wanted to do this because if we weren’t in this situation, she’d be celebrating with friends.” Emma’s mother, Liz Paternoster, took to Twitter to spread the word about Price’s act of kindness.
Ok @FedEx our driver deserves a bonus! He realized it was our daughter's birthday & went to @DairyQueen to get her ice cream cupcakes. He said "I just wanted to do this because if we weren't in this situation, she'd be celebrating with friends." I'm not crying. You're crying! 😭 pic.twitter.com/BqoMbyC3G1— Mrs. Paternoster (@Mrs_ConCon1787) April 30, 2020
She wrote, “OK @FedEx, our driver deserves a bonus! He realized it was our daughter’s birthday and went to @DairyQueen to get her ice cream cupcakes. He said, ‘I just wanted to do this because if we weren’t in this situation, she’d be celebrating with friends.’ I’m not crying. You’re crying.”
The post quickly went viral and garnered over 189,000 likes and over 29,000 retweets. “People assume that I knew my delivery guy, but we did not know him,” Paternoster told CBS4. “This was the very first time I had ever spoken to Mr. Price.”
The day of Emma’s birthday, Paternoster met Price at the door and apologized that he would have to return to the address multiple times because they were expecting several deliveries for Emma’s special day.
“I said, ‘Sorry, you may see us a lot today. It’s her Birthday,’” Paternoster recalled. Price began to continue on his route, shouting “Happy birthday” back over his shoulder, but soon after, he returned with four ice cream cupcakes.
This is my Dad!!!! 😭 https://t.co/q0GH9JF4yP— Austin Price (@ShotsUpPrice14) May 4, 2020
“I opened the door. Emma was upstairs playing with her sister,” she explained. “He said, ‘I just wanted to make your daughter’s birthday special.’” Price gave Emma the cupcakes, telling her to share with her friends.
“It was pretty overwhelming,” Paternoster said, getting emotional. “We are very social people with the friends we have, and we love to have big parties. Sometimes Emma gets annoyed, like ‘We’re having another party?’ To not be able to have our family over… they all live far away, our close family…it was difficult. So yeah, it meant a ton that someone that I had never even met before… wanted to help out. It was extremely special.”
UPDATE: Mr. Price stopped by and we got to thank him. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. Our hearts are full and we feel so blessed to have the best @FedEx delivery man in the world! ❤️🤗❤️🙌 pic.twitter.com/JFw2s2Wfdt— Mrs. Paternoster (@Mrs_ConCon1787) May 5, 2020
Price simply says, “Be nice and do for others.”
He knew that if it weren’t for social distancing and Indiana’s stay-at-home order, Emma would be celebrating with her friends. Amid current world circumstances, he wanted to do what he could to help make her day special.
As the coronavirus persists, there is no better time for people to find safe ways to connect and make meaningful gestures toward one another. Thanks for the reminder, Jodan Price.