The best thing about a program that pays it forward is when the recipient of that program pays it again.
That was the case for one of the top five winners of Amazon’s “Alexa, Thank My Driver” initiative, which gave $5 to every Amazon delivery person when customers chose to say “thank you” through Alexa-enabled Amazon devices.
Greylon Anthony, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina delivery person received $10,000 on behalf of Amazon for being one of the top five employees nominated in the program.
Instead of pocketing the money, Anthony donated his check to Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital to help the hospital purchase essential supplies and continue necessary care for its pediatric patients.
More than eight million thank-yous have been launched through the program, which rolled out last December, according to Amazon.
“As of Dec. 8, we have received more than 1 million ‘thanks’ to close out the $5 per ‘thank you’ promotion for eligible drivers,” the company said late last year. “We are excited about this new opportunity to thank these everyday heroes and give our customers the opportunity to help us with this.”
When rolling out the program, Amazon said it would give $10,000 to the five drivers who received the most thank yous.
The company ran out of money originally allocated to driver tips in just one short day.
While thanking drivers will no longer provide monetary compensation to the nominated drivers, drivers selected on behalf of the customer will receive a thank you note and appreciation from the company.
Amazon wash downstairs just shy of 42% in a one-year period as of Monday afternoon.