As an essential worker, Monica Salinas delivers packages for a living. But this week, the Amazon delivery driver is touching hearts across the internet after a moment caught on a doorbell camera showed her taking the job one step further.
In a recent viral video captured by a Ring doorbell camera, Salinas is seen taking a moment to pray while making a delivery to a house with a sick child.
It was the home of Derek and Raquel Pearson, whose 8-month-old son, Lucas, has a heart condition and difficulty eating. Doctors warned that if he contracted coronavirus, Lucas could go into respiratory distress.
The Nampa, Idaho residents posted a sign on their front door thanking delivery drivers for brining medical supplies for their son.
“There was a note and it said their baby’s food was essential, and every time I see that note, it just touches my heart,” Salinas told local news station KTVB.
“I just stopped to do what my heart told me to do, to say a prayer for the baby and for the parents, because that’s got to be very painful for all of them to see their baby hurt and struggle,” she said. “I just prayed that they can make it through another day, one day at a time.”
Touched by the small, but powerful gesture, Raquel shared the video in a Facebook group where it went viral.
#7sHero: We tracked down the @Amazon delivery driver who stopped to say a prayer at one of the houses on her route in Nampa. We’ll tell you why she did it, and why it touched so many hearts. Join us tonight on @KTVB. pic.twitter.com/3m8jqwW7Ui
— Maggie O’Mara (@maggieKTVB7) May 24, 2020
“I kind of choked up a bit,” Raquel Pearson said of the moment she saw Salinas praying. “It’s been really hard to get through this, so I’m really touched that a stranger would take time out of her day to wish our son well like that.”
Salinas says that notes like the ones the Pearsons left mean a lot to essential workers—especially during this coronavirus season.
“People leave notes to thank us for going on the front line, and those are the things we appreciate,” she said. “It’s nice to be appreciated.”