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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A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the former Rockbridge Regional Jail superintendent to more than four years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for special treatment for one inmate, and for failing to provide adequate care for two others who were in custody.
Winsome Sears, an “unapologetic” conservative who was the first Black Republican woman elected to the Virginia General Assembly, captured the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor Tuesday night, outlasting former Del. Tim Hugo of Fairfax County in a fifth round of ballot counting from Saturday’s state GOP convention.
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