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.