New Hampshire postal worker leaves gift cards for 2020 grads on his route

When he saw the "2020 Grad" signs on their lawns, US Postal Service worker Josh Crowell knew he wanted to lift the spirits of these graduating high school se...

Posted: May 17, 2020 6:27 AM

When he saw the "2020 Grad" signs on their lawns, US Postal Service worker Josh Crowell knew he wanted to lift the spirits of these graduating high school seniors who wouldn't be able to walk across the stage with their classmates because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He started leaving $5 Dunkin' Donuts gift cards in some of their mailboxes.

"$5 isn't much, but it's something so that the kids can get out of the house and go get a donut and an iced coffee," Crowell, 39, told CNN. He also leaves a hand-written note with the gift card, he said, congratulating the 2020 graduate, signing off the note as "your mailman Josh."

So far, Crowell, who delivers mail on routes near Concord, New Hampshire, has handed out at least 25 gift cards. But he keeps more cards in a lunchbox that he takes with him in case he sees more 2020 graduation signs.

New Hampshire announced school closures for the remainder of the school year in mid-April, but the state has not yet announced a decision regarding the plan for schools in the fall of 2021.

The state is under a modified stay-at-home order, called "Stay at Home 2.0" which is in effect until May 31.

"You are healthier at home. We want you to stay at home," New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said at a recent news conference.

On May 11, barbers and hair salons in New Hampshire were allowed to reopen, with certain social distancing restrictions. Retail shops also opened on May 11 to customers but are limited 50% occupancy. Restaurants can reopen on May 18, but only with outdoor seating options.

Crowell, however, has continued working throughout the pandemic since he is considered an "essential worker" as a postal service worker under Sununu's Emergency Order No. 17.

Crowell started working for the post office in November of 2019, and his routes usually run through towns including Concord, Bow and Loudon. He's gotten various notes from seniors responding to his gift cards. Many of the notes he received thank him for his kindness and for his continued work as an essential worker during the pandemic, Crowell said.

One of the thank you cards that Crowell received reads in part: "This year has not been easy for most, but I think being able to make someone's day is important. ... Thank you for being an essential worker, it means a lot."

Crowell has two daughters, so he knows how important it is for seniors to graduate on the stage alongside their classmates, he told CNN.

His younger daughter graduated high school in 2018. "She had some issues in school learning-wise so she struggled," Crowell said. "To know that she was able to graduate and walk across the stage and get her diploma was very meaningful for her and for me. To know that the students for 2020 are not going to be able to do that is hard and sad."

Crowell uses his personal money to buy the gift cards, he said.

"I'm not very well-off myself, but I look at it as, if I put a smile on somebody's face, then I will do it."

Terre Haute
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 74°
Robinson
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 73°
Indianapolis
Few Clouds
74° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 74°
Rockville
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 73°
Casey
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 73°
Brazil
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 74°
Marshall
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 74°
A Pleasant Overnight
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

WTHI Events

 

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 7 p.m. CT)

Confirmed Cases: 281303

Reported Deaths: 8744
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook1406235180
DuPage16955551
Lake16545486
Will13612374
Kane12790325
St. Clair6386187
Winnebago5531149
Madison5463131
Champaign447220
McHenry4463118
Peoria331449
McLean320020
Rock Island286974
Kankakee267677
Sangamon229044
Unassigned2238236
Kendall194725
Tazewell165721
LaSalle164056
DeKalb148438
Macon143642
Coles139630
Williamson135139
Jackson124824
Clinton108820
Boone107423
Adams103210
Randolph92611
Effingham8361
Whiteside70220
Ogle6516
Vermilion6484
Grundy6455
Monroe63915
Henry6365
Morgan62823
Knox6273
Bureau59711
Jefferson57238
Marion5180
Macoupin5157
Union50724
Franklin5053
Stephenson4846
Christian46011
McDonough45915
Logan4401
Woodford4086
Crawford4002
Cass38911
Jersey38514
Fayette3733
Shelby3604
Iroquois35919
Livingston3486
Lee3471
Perry34215
Montgomery33913
Warren3142
Saline2993
Bond2964
Douglas2857
Wayne2565
Lawrence2512
Jo Daviess2462
Carroll2174
Greene2167
Moultrie2083
Jasper2029
Cumberland2014
Hancock1993
Washington1981
Richland1714
Pulaski1611
White1610
Clark1542
Fulton1530
Johnson1480
Wabash1471
Clay1420
Piatt1320
Mason1291
Mercer1295
Menard1200
Pike1131
Edgar1117
De Witt1041
Ford995
Marshall980
Massac972
Scott750
Alexander731
Gallatin692
Hamilton670
Edwards640
Henderson640
Putnam550
Stark532
Calhoun470
Schuyler460
Brown430
Hardin370
Pope261
Out of IL20

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 113337

Reported Deaths: 3530
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion20936761
Lake10334319
Elkhart6438109
St. Joseph6226103
Allen6060200
Hamilton4761109
Vanderburgh349430
Hendricks2681122
Monroe251236
Tippecanoe231213
Johnson2279123
Clark215756
Porter209046
Cass19339
Delaware189561
Vigo178524
Madison161075
LaPorte138239
Floyd132161
Howard129063
Warrick122336
Kosciusko120617
Bartholomew115357
Marshall99424
Dubois95918
Boone95646
Hancock91443
Grant89733
Noble89432
Henry78125
Wayne74714
Jackson7429
Morgan70638
Shelby66629
Daviess65428
Dearborn63928
LaGrange63211
Clinton59513
Harrison56424
Putnam53810
Lawrence50628
Montgomery50521
Knox5039
Gibson4894
White48214
DeKalb46311
Decatur45739
Miami4303
Greene41935
Fayette41813
Jasper3862
Steuben3747
Scott35910
Sullivan33112
Jennings31212
Posey3090
Franklin30325
Clay2985
Orange28624
Ripley2828
Carroll27113
Wabash2628
Washington2611
Whitley2556
Starke2537
Adams2523
Wells2503
Jefferson2443
Fulton2352
Huntington2223
Spencer2223
Tipton22022
Perry21513
Randolph2097
Jay1750
Newton17211
Owen1671
Martin1640
Rush1534
Pike1411
Vermillion1260
Fountain1202
Pulaski1151
Blackford1133
Brown1033
Crawford1030
Parke961
Benton880
Ohio777
Union770
Switzerland690
Warren391
Unassigned0225