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The young man was greatly touched by the gesture.
Working hard since he was 14, Taylor cannot afford a car despite having a driver’s license. Impressed by his work ethic, Taylor’s co-workers decided to surprise him with the ultimate gift.
“It was a great feeling. I never thought those people cared that much, but I was ecstatic,” Taylor told the New York Post. To know that you have people in your corner is a wonderful feeling.
With fellow UPS employees looking on, Derrick Taylor is overcome with emotion after being gifted a Jeep Cherokee. (Screengrab)
The emotional surprise was documented via Facebook video, which has been shared a million times over.
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Taylor said he and his mom have something in the works to thank his co-workers. Taylor noted his mother was overcome with gratitude upon learning about her son’s new wheels.
Compiling their resources together, UPS employees delivered a biggest package to Taylor in the form of a Jeep Cherokee.
Every day, the 19-year-old Oxford, Alabama man walks more than 17 miles per day to and from UPS where he earns $11.90 an hour to support his ailing mother.
Visibly moved, Taylor can be seen wiping away tears with his sleeve.
Derrick Taylor would walk a thousand miles to support his mother.
“This young man wants to work so bad, he walks to work from way out of town.” He makes me emotional,” a co-worker stated in the video. “This is a hard-working young man.
According to the New York Post, they hope the vehicle will help make Taylor’s commute easier.