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Herriman man delivers pies, reward playing cards as thanks to gasoline station attendants

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Josh Downs, of Herriman, delivers a pie to a gasoline station attendant in Salt Lake County Thursday. (Winston Armani, KSL-TV)

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HERRIMAN — A person in Herriman is grateful for the numerous gasoline station attendants who quit time with their households on Thanksgiving to work.

They caught his consideration final 12 months.

This 12 months, Josh Downs needed to present them one thing a bit particular.

Downs is a dad who does not have his daughters with him this Thanksgiving. So, he determined to do one thing a bit totally different and share pies and reward playing cards with those that preserve the gasoline and fast gadgets flowing for the vacation.

“I simply needed to do one thing to present again to the neighborhood that I have been part of for thus lengthy,” Downs stated.

He gave due to employees at comfort shops who did not get to be with their households Thursday.

“I’m going round to gasoline stations across the neighborhood, overlaying as many as I can, to ship a bit thanks to those that are working away from their household and pals in order that we are able to go see ours,” he stated.

Final 12 months, when he stopped in at his neighborhood gasoline station Thanksgiving afternoon, he struck up a dialog with the attendant.

“She had chosen to work as a result of she could not be along with her household and pals and thought she would do this in order that others could possibly be,” Downs stated.

He needed to do one thing to ensure that she felt appreciated.

“I really went residence and received a plate of Thanksgiving meals and introduced it again to her, and it is simply at all times stayed with me,” Downs stated.

So, this 12 months he began a fundraiser referred to as #GiveThanksForGas, and 70 folks pitched in. “We ended up getting over $3,200. So, it went from 5 pies, and ended up being about 40,” he stated.

He connected a $100 reward card and a thank-you notice to every pie. “Just a bit private thank-you notice for what they’re doing,” he stated.

Downs and some of his pals made the deliveries, which have been enormously appreciated by the employees he stunned.

Like most of us, he is normally in a rush when he is within the gasoline station. However not as we speak.

“I needed to decelerate a bit bit and acknowledge the alternatives now we have simply to make a distinction in our day-to-day journeys, as a substitute of at all times making an attempt to rush to get to the place we’re going,” Downs stated.

He additionally has a podcast referred to as The Every day Drive. He provides brief, faith-based messages to encourage folks to search for alternatives to share and serve.

Jed Boal

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