Boy’s Thank You Letter to Truck Drivers Warms Hearts

Tyler Carr
Tami (left) and Tyler Carr. (Tami Carr)

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A heartfelt letter thanking truck drivers, written by a third-grade boy in Arlington, Texas, caught the attention of not only drivers but a network TV news program.

Like millions of young people, 9-year-old Tyler Carr has been home from school because of the coronavirus pandemic.

To pass the time, his mother, Tami, a former television producer, suggested Tyler sign up for an online program called Kindness 101, in which CBS News Correspondent Steve Hartman was encouraging young people to write letters to their heroes during the pandemic thanking them for what they’re doing to keep society moving.


Tyler's letter. (Tami Carr)

Some youths picked nurses, paramedics, doctors, police officers or firefighters.

But Tyler picked truck drivers, and this is what he wrote:

“Dear Delivery Man, I know you have to work a lot in this worldwide pandemic. But I wrote this letter to say thank you. Thank you for going all around the United States and delivering food to all of the grocery stores and pharmacies. I appreciate that you are still going out and driving your trucks because all of us are sitting on butts, watching TV, and eating Cheetos. Once again, thank you for everything you do. Thinking of you, Tyler Carr.”

Tyler and his mom drove to the Kroger where the family shops, and they taped his special message to the door of the loading dock. 

“One of the drivers said he put it on Twitter, and he said the letter made him cry,” Tyler told Transport Topics. “I appreciate everything they do.”

When Hartman and his team at CBS News heard about Tyler’s letter, they interviewed him for a story on the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell on March 27.

“He’s got a very kind heart. I mean, his teachers have said it, other parents have said it; he’s just very empathetic,” Tami said.

“I just think of the new heroes of today. It’s the clerks in the stores, the drivers at the stores,” she said, “They are the heroes of today, and we couldn’t eat without them. I’m so proud Tyler picked them because the grocery stores and truckers, we really need front-line people. They deserve huge, huge thanks.”

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