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Teens go on grocery store run for older neighbors in self-isolation

April 3rd, 2020

COVID-19 has made life particularly hard for the elderly community, even grocery shopping has become a scary situation. Thanks to two teenagers in Maryland, the senior citizens in their community can rest easy. The big-hearted young men are going grocery shopping for the more vulnerable population in their neighborhood during the unprecedented outbreak.

This is so inspiring, hopefully, more teenagers will do the same!

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Two sophomores at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, are going grocery shopping for their elderly neighbors to keep them safe during the Coronavirus outbreak

Jimmy Kraft is a 73-year-old from Silver Spring, Maryland, who also takes care of his severely handicapped grandson. He’s been sheltering in place to lessen the risk of contracting COVID-19. With grocery shopping becoming difficult, two teenagers in Kraft’s neighborhood stepped up to help him in his time of need.

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In desperate need of some fresh food, Kraft found the two high schoolers’ that are going out of their way to get groceries to senior citizens. Matthew Casertano and Dhruv Pai, have started an initiative called “Teens Helping Seniors.”

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The teens’ have recruited young volunteers to go grocery shopping for the more vulnerable population

After Dhruv Pai realized his grandparents were scared to leave their home, he recruited 4 other volunteers to help them get food and supplies. The seniors are asked to email them at teenshelpingseniors@gmail, where other teen volunteers can also contact them to help.

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“My grandparents are in a vulnerable age, their vulnerable population, so are my neighbors. So they didn’t want to go to the grocery store to get groceries. So I offered to do it for them and then I realized a lot of people could be in a similar situation. That’s what incentivized me to create such a service.” Pai explained to My MC Media

Teens Helping Seniors focuses on delivering groceries to the elderly while maintaining proper social distancing

Not only do they shop for senior citizens, they also are conscious about taking the proper precautions. The teens where wear gloves, wipe down the groceries they buy and even offer curbside pick up.

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When they deliver groceries to an elderly person’s residence, they leave the bags on the porch and even collect the payment in the same manner.

With 5 students from three different high schools so far, they are in need of many more volunteers

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The demand for people willing to shop for the vulnerable population is high, so the teens need more volunteers in order to take care of everyone in need.

“Teens who are watching this right now, I want to say if you’re interested in an opportunity to help out your community, to help out your friends, your neighbors, your relatives, and then you know, it would be great if you would join us if you could help us because we feel like we’re really gonna make a big difference with this project.” Said sophomore, Matt Casdertano.

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What an amazing group of kids, for them to go out of their ways to help the people in need right now is so touching. With more and more cases of COVID-19 being reported daily, we really need this kind of kindness everywhere around the world. To see Pai and Casertano’s interviews on MY MC Media, watch the link below!

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Source: Good News Network, YouTube, My MC Media

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