I have had the good fortune to work at UPS for more than 24 years and over the course of my career I’ve seen our company do some pretty amazing things. Most recently, in the aftermath of what has been called the storm of the century, UPSers throughout the northeast are working through some incredibly difficult challenges to serve their customers – in many cases, even when their customers haven’t yet reopened for business.
Case in point: John Adamowicz, a 19-year UPS driver who serves the Hoboken, New Jersey area, was videotaped by a fan on Wednesday as he made his way along a rain-swollen road trying to serve his customers. The video was posted on YouTube, which prompted NPR’s Morning Edition to do a story about John’s dedication and determination as the region struggles to return to a sense of normalcy.
John, like so many other UPSers in the northeast who are doing their best to get the job done amid tremendous obstacles and hardship, are demonstrating the kind of compassion and community spirit that make me proud to be a part of this great company.
Beyond the herculean efforts of our employees, I’m also very proud that The UPS Foundation is contributing $1.5 million in cash and in-kind support to aid in the recovery efforts. The victims of Sandy are going to need a lot of help – and not just in the days and weeks to come. Already we have begun moving critical relief supplies to the area, including 14 truckloads of water and other urgently needed commodities.
Sandy was unmerciful, but one can’t help but be moved by the generosity and support of the thousands of good people who are working so hard to bring hope back to their communities.