An 18-year-old Media teen from Penncrest High School is cutting through the pandemic isolation with a grocery delivery service for older people, writes Erin McCarthy for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Jasleen Gill, a high school senior, feels a sense of responsibility and wanted to help those who are older or have underlying health problems who may be cut off.
“We should practice social distancing,” Gill said, “but now is also the time to come out and help.”
She and her 11-year-old brother, Ranvir, with a few volunteers, operate Corona Relief Squad, taking orders and delivering groceries for free to seniors and those worried about being exposed to the coronavirus.
By Monday, March 23, her company had made 65 deliveries across Delaware County.
In Havertown, Maddie Kelly-Gambescia created a Facebook group to rally volunteers.
She soon had more than 100 people from Chester County to Philadelphia signed up to help run errands and shop for those afraid to go out.
She now plans to reach out to senior centers and nursing homes.
“It’s just a time when people need to come together,” Kelly-Gambescia said. “We need to help each other right now, and we’ll get through this.”
Read more about local groups reaching out to here.