Because there's always room for more kindness in this world.
Shopping for groceries is hard enough during these trying times of the coronavirus outbreak, so imagine how much harder it is for the sick and elderly to go out and secure even just their essentials. Good thing there are kind souls who are willing to help the less able-bodied get what they need from the stores.
Jayde Powell, an honor student of the University of Nevada, created this network she called Shopping Angels. She got the idea when her mother called elderly neighbors to check if they needed anything at home.
She first enlisted around 20 members of Phi Delta Epson, her medical fraternity, and then later reached out to other classmates for recruitment. The network received national attention via her interview with CNN, which resulted to more volunteers.
“I woke up this morning to 20 voicemails and 56 emails. And I’ve got people in Connecticut, Long Island, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Arizona that want to volunteer,” Powell said.
Powell also advised the elderly not to hesitate to call them even if they are short on budget.
“We don’t want money to be a deterrent. If you cannot afford toilet paper or something like that, you’re still free to reach out to us,” she said.
She created a GoFundMe account to raise funds for those who can’t afford to buy essential stuff.
To ensure their safety and of their clients as well, Powell requires her angels to don masks and gloves when transporting, picking up, and delivering the goods. She also asks them not to go inside the clients’ homes for additional safety.
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