- People across the country are being creative in helping other people in need.
- In the midst of this crisis, volunteers step up to make groceries and deliver them to old and sick people.
- Cinnaminson Helping Cinnaminson, Invisible Hands, and Pandemic Pals are just a few groups who volunteer to do chores for people in quarantine.
Compassion connects people in amazing ways especially in times of uncertainties.
During this current global crisis, people across the country are driven by the desire to achieve one goal: to help beat the virus—and they come up with creative ways to do this despite the odds.
Katie Quinn, a 45-year-old high school teacher from Cinnaminson, New Jersey, started a Facebook group called “Cinnaminson Helping Cinnaminson” to connect volunteers and coordinate with the donations of the most needed items for people in need.
With the group’s 90 volunteers, they were able to help 50 families and more.
“The outpouring of support has been wild,” she told PEOPLE. “It’s a small town, so people look out for each other here.”
A 32-year-old mother with Type 1 Diabetes named Lauren Sahin, is one of those whom the group has helped with the delivery of her groceries.
Lauren was afraid to go out because she might catch the virus outside and infect her 5-year-old daughter and grandmother at home.
“Their help made a huge impact,” she said. “I knew this was a great town when I moved here, but this exceeded my expectations.”
Liam Elkind, a 20-year-old college student from New York City, does delivery service to seniors and others for free. Their group, Invisible Hands, is inspired by the diligence of the frontliners, being his father is a doctor.
“They’re risking life and limb to be able to do some good in the world and help out those most in need,” he told PEOPLE.
Both groups emphasize the necessary practice of safety and hygiene while doing their noble works to keep themselves and their recipients healthy.
Invisible Hands already has 7,900 volunteers and have done over 500 deliveries. They have also amassed $30,000 in donations intended to help people.
One of the recipients, Carol Sterling, 83, said that Liam’s group “is sending a message of kindness, of caring.”
Healy Chait, 25-year-old volunteer, said, “It feels a lot better than laying around the house and watching Netflix.”
Pandemic Pals on the other hand by the Chamber of Commerce in Gallatin, Tennessee, provides elderly people with young volunteers to do their groceries.
71-year-old Judith Sands was paired with Tabithia Graves, 34-year-old volunteer.
Tabithia told PEOPLE, “They need kind faces and spirits on the phone to keep them upbeat about the situation.”
Tabithia even helped Judith set up her iPad through her screen door following safety protocols, so she gets to entertain herself—which brought Judith to tears.
“She’s been so sweet to me, I feel so thankful,” Judith says. “It’s a miracle from God.”
Tabithia believes kindness is what makes the world go round.