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Ellen DeGeneres gifts Richmond-area UPS driver Anthony Gaskin with $10,000
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Ellen DeGeneres gifts Richmond-area UPS driver Anthony Gaskin with $10,000

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Ellen met Anthony Gaskin, an exceptional UPS driver in Virginia. More than 100 people recently lined the streets of his route, where they cheered him on in a surprise parade to thank him for being a frontline worker. A video of the moving gesture went viral, and he talked with Ellen about how the incredible experience was completely unexpected. In addition to Anthony receiving surprise video messages from members of his community, Ellen and her friends at Shutterfly delivered a package to help him send his son to college!

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Last year, a video of Richmond-area UPS driver Anthony Gaskin went viral when the neighbors in the Hallsley neighborhood of Midlothian threw him a socially-distanced parade to thank him for his service during a pandemic.

Then, President Joe Biden invited him to introduce Jon Bon Jovi at his virtual inauguration ceremony.

And now, TV star Ellen DeGeneres has gifted Gaskin, 53, with $10,000 to put toward his son’s college education, courtesy of Shutterfly. Gaskin will appear on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Tuesday, May 4 at 3 p.m. on WTVR Channel 6.

"It was a really overwhelming feeling," Gaskin said of appearing on the show. When he was handed a box filled with $10,000, he said, "I was shocked, to be honest."

His son plans to attend Ferrum College in Roanoke, which typically costs $49,390 per year. Gaskin said he wasn't sure how he was going to pay for it, but now he'll be able to put $10,000 towards it.

"I had no idea it [the viral video] would ever grow to be this big, instead of slowing down it’s steadily gaining momentum," he said.

Gaskin has been a UPS driver for 16 years. He graduated from Powhatan High School and still lives in Powhatan with his wife and family. He has four children: a daughter, 15; a son, 18; and two adult children who no longer live with him.

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