A little kindness can go along way, and that’s certainly true for one Canadian senior who’s getting a lot of mileage by handing out personalized thank-you cards to long-haul truckers.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, supply shortages quickly followed. Caught in the middle were the men and women responsible for transporting the goods in their big rigs.
After viewing several news stories in which drivers detailed some of the harsh realities of trucking in the age of COVID-19—like not being allowed to use restrooms or being forced to stay in their cabs for hours at a time after crossing the border—Beverly Perrin decided these unsung essential workers deserved some kudos.
Last April, Perrin and her husband, Dick, began delivering batches of between 75 to 100 personalized thank-you cards every three to four weeks to a truck-stop near their Chatham home in Ontario. To date, they’re up to a grand total of about 1,000 cards.
“When I first started doing it, they just kind of looked at me like, ‘Really?’” Perrin told CBC news. “One trucker asked me, ‘How much do I pay you?’ [I told him] it’s just from me to you, as a senior—that we so appreciate you.”
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Each one of Perrin’s notes contains the same message: “Thank you so much for bringing supplies to our stores. Even though it is sometimes under harsh circumstances. Take care. Stay safe. God’s blessing on you always. Love Beverly Perrin, a very grateful senior.”
Friends acquainted with the Perrins say even though Bev’s massive missive gesture is somewhat unusual, it’s totally in keeping with her outgoing character. “My husband and I do service for other people,” she told CBC. “I get more out of it than they get from me.”
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We guess you could say that when it comes to acts of pure, unadulterated kindness, for this inveterate thank-you note writer, “the truck stops here.”
(WATCH the CBC video with Beverly below.)
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