Jayde Powell was supposed to be on spring break this week. Instead, she’s spearheading a program for the people who are most at risk for contracting the novel coronavirus: senior citizens. That program? Free grocery delivery.
The idea came about last month when the 20-year-old was asked by her mother to check in on her elderly neighbours. She found out that something that should be a routine chore was proving very challenging for them; grocery shopping.
So the med student decided to get some people together to help those who shouldn’t leave their house. And turning to her school’s medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon, they formed a group called “Shopping Angels.”
It didn’t take long for the idea to spread and for it to become obvious the issue was nation wide, and so the Facebook page was created to help facilitate the expansion of the movement. Now there is so much response Jayde is struggling to make it through all of the emails and messages that have come flooding in! “It’s amazing. I never expected it to be as big as what it is,” she said.
Shopping Angels connects a volunteer with a senior, the volunteer is given a shopping list, budget, and some money and then its off to shop. To help make sure her volunteers don’t put the elderly at risk, Powell asks her Angels to wear gloves while picking up, transporting and delivering groceries. They also do not enter people’s homes.
But that isn’t all this young woman is doing to help, she has also created a GoFundMe to raise money for those who might not be able to afford groceries at this time. So far, she’s raised almost $24,000.
This kind of care in a time of need is a beautiful thing to see and your Good News Story of the Day; and there’s more to it as well! Find it in full here. But it’s important to remember that none of the good things being done have to end once the emergency does!
Jayde Powell hopes that Shopping Angels is able to keep up the great work even when the current health crisis ends. “A lot of our volunteers have already said they hope this continues. This is a community effort and I can’t do all of this without the help of everyone in the community,” she said. “The fact that people want to continue this when quarantines are over shows me that this is something that could continue long into the future.”
God bless the helpers.
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