US homeowner gives away essential items to delivery drivers

The driver was surprised to find the items were left out for him.
The driver was surprised to find the items were left out for him. Photo credit: Instagram/ Evan Era

An American homeowner is giving away toilet paper and sand sanitiser to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kentucky Youtuber Evan Era has posted videos to his Instagram account showing delivery drivers finding the products on his porch while making deliveries.

He had extra supplies after bulk buying before the pandemic and wanted to give back to the community.

"Still giving sold-out supplies to as many delivery drivers as we can!" he wrote in one post.

"We had a stockpile before the shortages & wanted to help our local delivery drivers who are out here working hard every day.

"Take care of the people who are taking care of you. We had more than we needed and wanted to give back."

Four delivery drivers were shown taking up his offer, with many taking photos and thanking him for his generosity.

One driver can be seen knocking on Era's door to check he is allowed to take some in one video which has over 40,000 views.

"Aw man, you're a lifesaver, thank you," the driver tells him. 

"I went to Walmart, it’s kind of hard, though… I didn’t get no toilet paper… thank you, man."

Commenters have commended Era for thinking of others and sharing products.

"OMG you just made my day, I was feeling down and when I opened my Instagram this is the first thing that came out (of course I cried, but because this made me realize there is hope, thank you)," one person said.

Another wrote: "As the wife of a UPS driver, THANK YOU!! That is amazing and very generous!"

Many essential items have been selling out at stores across the country as panic buying sets in amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The United States is now considered the new epicentre of the virus, with more confirmed cases than any other country at 245,000.

Some citizens have taken to social media to ask for help to find in-demand items such as baby formula and toilet paper. 

Others have been selling for inflated prices on trading websites such as eBay and Amazon.