FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Carroll High School senior, Kaylin Pendergrass looked shocked when she opened the door Saturday afternoon.
The FedEx staff on Independence Drive prepared care packages for local graduating seniors leaving for college.
Summer Silvers-Barone (left) and her mother, Anita Silvers (right)
Since COVID-19 halted special events like prom, graduation, and even going away parties, the staff wanted to deliver smiles where the pandemic left disappointment.
When Pendergrass received the box donned in purple ribbons and filled to the brim with items many college students need in their first year, she jumped for joy.
Pendergrass says, “I was in my room just chilling and then I heard the doorbell ring and I was like ‘maybe there’s a package,' but that was completely unexpected and it just made my whole week.”
Kaylin's father, John Pendergrass, a FedEx operations manager, couldn't be more proud of his daughter.
She considers him an inspiration, but he considers her the same.
He says, “To hear her say those things about me...you know, it’s touching. I don’t know that I deserve it, but she definitely does.”
Northrop High School senior, Summer Silvers-Barone received a surprise Saturday afternoon, too.
After peeking through the window, she was met with a graduation yard sign, etched with congratulatory wishes, and of course, a box filled to the top.
A better ending to her school year than she thought.
She says, “We would’ve liked things to go differently, and it means a lot for everyone to just pitch in and understand the circumstances that we’re dealt.”
And that's why the care packages were delivered: to pitch in and help the students get over the unexpected hurdles COVID-19 threw their way.
Anita Silvers, Summer's mother, says, “Just remember there are always hurdles, and remember you can always find a way around them.”