After thinking about it for months, Robinson decided to get the boy, 11-year-old Elijah Maines, a new basketball and hoop — the best her money could buy — and had the hoop installed while the family wasn’t home.

With her surprise gift she left a note: “Just wanted you and your son to have the best hoop that’ll grow with him and all his friends,” she wrote, signing it as “just one of the FedEx drivers in the area.”

It was an instinctive act of kindness that led to a special friendship — and memories that Elijah’s family says will…