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Ellen DeGeneres gifts Richmond-area UPS driver Anthony Gaskin with $10,000

Ellen DeGeneres gifts Richmond-area UPS driver Anthony Gaskin with $10,000

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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 appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Tuesday.

“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 toward 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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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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