Sunday, March 15, 2020

A virus of kindness?

Rebecca Mehra, 25, lives in Bend, Oregon. Recently she was heading into the Safeway on Century Drive when she heard someone call, "Hey you!" An elderly woman was waving from her car, so Rebecca went over to speak with her. The woman said she and her husband had been sitting in the car 45 minutes, afraid to go into the grocery store and shop, because of virus fears. She said, "We're in our 80's and have no one around to care for us." Would Rebecca shop for them? Rebecca said, "Yeah, sure, no big deal," and the woman slipped a $100 bill and grocery list through the window.

Rebecca said the list included basic necessities like toilet paper. "It was crazy being in Safeway," she said. "There was nothing in the cleaning section. But other shoppers helped her, including a woman who pointed out where the two remaining bars of hand soap were located. "She took one, and gave the other one to me," Rebecca said. When she was done shopping, she loaded the groceries into the couple's trunk and gave them their change, without ever asking their names.

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