From dancing drive-thru workers to out-of-season-yet-festive Christmas lights, the coronavirus pandemic has brought out the heartwarming side of humanity.
This UPS driver from Maple Grove, Minnesota, featured Thursday in a Today article, is another heartwarming hero who delivers packages so others don't have to go to the stores.
Ben Hertle, 34, continues to sing in his UPS truck through the outbreak.
"There's just so much going on in the world right now," he said in an interview. "Music has the ability to engage and inspire people and bring them together."
Here is the video he posted on Facebook of him singing “There Is None Like You” by Lenny LeBlanc.
Hey y’all just felt like singing!! #staysanitized #staysafe #staysane #stayhome #staycreativePosted by Ben Hertle on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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Hertle first started working as a UPS driver during the recession in 2008 after losing his job as a grocery deliverer.
He has empathy for people who may be impacted by the sliding economy but doesn’t fear for his own safety as he delivers packages.
"I'm watching person after person after person lose their job, and I have a job and I'm grateful for that, but at the same time there's so much pain around me that I'm seeing as a driver," Hertle said. "...I'm not as concerned about the virus itself. There's a sense that we're able to keep a distance from the general public. We typically drop off a package and go."
UPS continues to operate as normal during the COVID-19 outbreak, however, it has taken measures to protect employees.
The company promises to provide sanitizing supplies to drivers and has implemented an emergency paid-leave program.
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