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Graduation is a little different for the class of 2020. The coronavirus epidemic has caused many graduation ceremonies across the country to be canceled. Although graduates may not be able to celebrate in traditional ways, people have been coming up with creative solutions to make sure they get the recognition they deserve for reaching an important milestone.
A U.S. Postal Service worker in New Hampshire has taken it upon himself to make sure that graduates on his route feel special. When Joshua Crowell noticed “2020 graduate” lawn signs outside some homes along his route in the towns of Concord, Bow and Loudon, he realized how difficult it must be for these young people to go without walking across the stage to accept their diplomas. So he decided to gift them with a little surprise to lift their spirits.
So far, he has left about 25 handwritten cards along with $5 Dunkin gift cards in graduates’ mailboxes. He plans to keep giving more cards throughout the summer.
CNN posted an image of one of his cards to Twitter:
US Postal Service worker Josh Crowell lifts the spirits of 2020 grads in New Hampshire by leaving them $5 Dunkin' Donuts gift cards and hand-written notes of encouragement.https://t.co/jnNtUxGzIR
— CNN (@CNN) May 17, 2020
“I always keep a few extra in my lunchbox so, as I’m doing a route and I see a sign, I throw a stamp on it and put it in their mailbox,” he told CBS News. “I hope that they are thankful that someone is thinking about them.”
What a thoughtful gesture!
Crowell pays for the gift cards with his own money — and he signs them, “Your mailman Josh.” He has already received thank-you notes from some grateful graduates.
“This year has not been easy for most, but I think being able to make someone’s day is important … Thank you for being an essential worker, it means a lot,” one thank you note read in part.
Crowell was inspired by his own two daughters to embark on his generous project.
“She had some issues in school learning-wise, so she struggled,” he told CNN of his younger daughter, who graduated high school in 2018. “To know that she was able to graduate and walk across the stage and her diploma was very meaningful for her and for me. To know that the students for 2020 are not going to be able to do that is hard and sad.”
Kudos to this essential worker for going above and beyond to cheer up the graduates on his route!