Coronavirus: Oregon woman buys grocery for elderly couple too scared to step out of their car fearing infection
Rebecca Mehra tweeted that the couple had been seating in their car for close to an hour looking for the right person to ask for help
In the cognizance of the burgeoning coronavirus pandemic, people from across the globe are dreading for their lives, especially the elderly population, who are more prone to illness with a weaker immune system.
In one incident that occurred in Oregan, a woman by the name Rebecca Mehra, chanced upon an elderly couple who were sitting in the car outside a grocery store, afraid to go outside for fear of contracting the virus.
Explaining her heartrending experience through a series of tweets, Rebecca wrote, “I walked over and found an elderly woman and her husband. She cracked her window open a bit more, and explained to me nearly in tears that they are afraid to go in the store”
“Afraid to get sick as they are in their 80’s and hear that the novel coronavirus is affecting older people disproportionately. And that they don’t have family around to help them out. Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 bill and a grocery list, and asked if I would be willing to buy her groceries,” she further added.
Without further discussions, Rebecca bought the groceries and placed them in the couple’s vehicle trunk. “She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 min before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help,” Rebecca shared on Twitter.
She also told the hundreds and thousands of Twitter users who acknowledged her post through overwhelming responses, “I know it’s a time of hysteria and nerves, but offer to help anyone you can. Not everyone has people to turn to.”
Since then, Rebecca’s tweets were shared widely and soon went viral. Her posts also encouraged many such elderly people to come out and share their thoughts on the ongoing health crisis. One user responding to Rebecca’s tweet wrote, “I'm 68 and heading out tomorrow to do my "social isolation" shopping for enough food to survive for weeks. I'm afraid of the grocery store too. I'm sure I'm not alone.”