Teen who walks to work to support sick mom gifted Jeep from co-workers
With fellow UPS employees looking on, Derrick Taylor is overcome with emotion after being gifted a Jeep Cherokee. (Screengrab)
Derrick Taylor would walk a thousand miles to support his mother.
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.
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.
Compiling their resources together, UPS employees delivered a biggest package to Taylor in the form of a Jeep Cherokee.
According to the New York Post, they hope the vehicle will help make Taylor's commute easier.
The emotional surprise was documented via Facebook video, which has been shared a million times over.
“This is a hard-working young man. He makes me emotional,” a co-worker stated in the video. “This young man wants to work so bad, he walks to work from way out of town.”
Visibly moved, Taylor can be seen wiping away tears with his sleeve.
The young man was greatly touched by the gesture.
“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 New York Post.
Taylor noted his mother was overcome with gratitude upon learning about her son's new wheels. Taylor said he and his mom have something in the works to thank his co-workers.