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His boss calls Reggie Barrows the ‘mayor” of Falmouth, Mass., a term of endearment for someone whose packages are delivered with a friendly greeting. That popularity helped Barrows become a primary cheerleader for a Facebook photography project that earned $30,000 in donations for the local food pantry. Watch a video interview with Barrows here.
Heroes don’t always wear the beige coats and pants of firefighters, the blue uniforms of law enforcement or the pastel scrubs of medical workers.
Sometimes they wear purple and orange and sit behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle.
FedEx Express courier Reggie Barrows, 62, is a man who went beyond the call of duty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only did he work night and day delivering packages to residents in the small town of Falmouth, Mass., he also helped drum up interest in a donation drive for the local food pantry.
During the difficult early days of the pandemic, Barrows and local photographer Lee Geishecker did their best to ease some of the pain and boredom for their fellow residents stuck at home. For more than two months, nonessential businesses pretty much stayed closed in the town of 31,000 near Cape Cod, Geishecker said.
It was Geishecker, owner of VagabondView Photography, who created a local version of the national “Front Steps Project,” an effort to lift area residents out of the virus doldrums by taking family photos on front porches. It was Barrows who gave it a voice.
There was no charge for the photos. Instead, all that was asked of the families was a donation to the Falmouth Service Center.
Geishecker said from the beginning, she called on Barrows for assistance.
“Reggie happens to be one of the most recognized faces, along with his FedEx truck, in our little town of Falmouth,” she said. “Everybody knows Reggie.”
Geishecker said Barrows was in an essential business from day one of the public health emergency. So, while many were staying in, his local notoriety gave him a megaphone to help drum up support for the photography project. In a six-week time frame, Geishecker said she photographed more than 245 families using socially distanced photo sessions. The photo sessions generated more than $30,000 in donations for the food pantry, a local institution that also gives away clothes and helps local residents find jobs.