“The people that I work with, we would love to be home with our families, but we’re out here to be there for everyone’s families.”
As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. “I’m very grateful to have my job, but it comes with other hardships,” she says. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. “I don’t want to bring the germs back to him,” says Wilson. “You don’t realize how much your mail carrier cares and is aware of your needs.”
As Wilson tries to stay safe on the job with sanitizer, gloves and masks, this single mom of a 7-year-old son is worried about picking up the deadly virus, and made the difficult decision to move him in with her mother, who lives nearby. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. An older gentleman who came up to me and said, ‘I really hate to ask you this. After the coronavirus pandemic exploded, mail carrier Krysten Wilson realized just how valuable she is to the people along her route, particularly her isolated elderly residents. “He’s very intelligent for a 7-year-old, but it’s still trying, he doesn’t understand the situation. “I found some that day and wouldn’t let him pay,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday. It’s very, very difficult.”
For more heroes helping to fight coronavirus across the nation, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, or subscribe here. For more information or to donate, click here. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. Many of Wilson’s fellow mail carriers feel the same, as they too have also separated themselves from family members. “It’s honestly like in a movie where we’re sitting there with tears in our eyes because we want to touch each other and hug each other and it’s hard,” Wilson says. Now she communicates with her son through FaceTime or her mom’s car window when he’s brought by for a socially distant visit. It’s so uncomfortable, but I’m not able to get out and go get toilet paper,’” says Wilson, 28, who delivers mail to some 900 stops in Canton, Georgia. RELATED: Mattel Unveils Line of Collectible Toys Honoring Heroes Fighting Coronavirus Pandemic
While she is grateful that her son is safe, the move comes with sadness when she notices his empty bedroom filled with untouched toys.