The coronavirus pandemic is still out there, and people are at high alert staying indoors to prevent further spread of the airborne disease. However, staying self-quarantined requires that you do a lot of shopping.
For the elderly and immunosuppressed population that make up most of the fatal cases, this may be next to impossible. Thus, the importance of Jayde Powell's heartwarming initiative.
Jayde Powell is currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. In an interview with CNN, she credited her mother for the novel idea to ask about their community if any of the older adults needed groceries and if she could purchase and deliver to them.
This was when Powell was motivated to found "Shopping Angels." The group, which offers its delivery services free of charge, started with 20 people who are fellow students of the University of Nevada.
Now, Shopping Angels is growing fast as Powell shares that people are calling in from different parts of the US to volunteer after they watched her interview with Fox 5 Las Vegas.
Powell expressed excitement over the response and explained that she now connects such volunteers to those who need them in their area.
Shopping Angels' clients can either give the shoppers money and a list of the supplies they need or make an order at the grocer's, pay themselves, and have the volunteer deliver them.
Shopping Angels make sure to keep hygienic practices; they wear gloves and cautiously never enter the clients' homes.
Even more admirably, Powell shares that they have created a GoFundMe account to help people who are needy but can't pay for groceries.
When speaking to CNN, she said:
"We don't want money to be a deterrent. If you cannot afford toilet paper or something like that, you're still to reach out to us."
Go Shopping Angels!