Teen who walked 17 miles to and from work to support sick mom gets amazing gift 

Posted: 4:06 pm Friday, June 23rd, 2017

By Eric "Hollywood" Davis STAR 94.5

 

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A 19-year-old UPS employee working hard to support his sick mother was delivered the package of his dreams last month.

Derrick Taylor, from Oxford, Alabama, who walked over 17 miles total to and from work, was moved to tears when his co-workers surprised him with a Jeep Cherokee.

Taylor — who told The Post he’s been working since he was 14 years old — has a driver’s license but could not afford a car with his $11.90-per-hour salary.

His co-workers, impressed with his work ethic, pooled their resources so they could make his commute easier. They then shared his emotional reaction in a Facebook video that has since been shared millions of times.

“This is a hard-working young man. He makes me emotional,” one of Taylor’s co-workers says in the video as Taylor wipes his own tears away with his sleeve.

“This young man wants to work so bad, he walks to work from way out of town,” the co-worker adds.

Taylor, who sometimes arrives to work as early at 3 a.m., was completely shocked by the act of kindness and said it gives him more time to sleep.

“It was a great feeling. To know that you have people in your corner is a wonderful feeling. I never thought those people cared that much, but I was ecstatic,” Taylor told The Post of receiving his gift, adding that he didn’t think to ask for help because he didn’t want to bother anyone.

Taylor’s mother was overflowing with gratitude when she learned of her son’s new ride.

“She cried and immediately called my job to thank them,” he told The Post, adding he and his mother are planning something to thank his co-workers for their kindness.

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