If you need to work from home because of the COVID-19 virus, maybe you’d like to get an inspirational jolt by taking some time to help your elderly neighbors—which is exactly what this North Carolina woman did.

Becky Hoeffler who works at Duke University, was talking to her grandfather on the phone when he mentioned that he was going out grocery shopping. She was concerned for him because the elderly population is most at-risk of catching the novel coronavirus, but he lives in New Jersey so she couldn’t help out.

That’s when she got the idea to make grocery runs for her senior neighbors, in lieu of helping her grandpa.

“Am I excited that I’m probably going to get a sweet loaf of banana bread from my neighbor, Patti, because of this, yes,” the spunky Hoeffler told WNCN News. “Either way though, I think being able to help your neighbor is one of the most American things that you can do.”

Her next door neighbor Patti asked for paper towels, fresh fruit, and flour, she told GNN. “I was really lucky to find the paper towels—that whole aisle is almost empty!”

And, some of the flour likely went into this homemade bread given to Becky to say thanks.

Hoeffler also walked down to the housing community for senior living at the end of her cul-de-sac. She talked to people on their porches and introduced herself—and the offer of kindness.

”They told me I could post the sign with my information near the mailbox station, so all members of the community would be able to see it!”

Becky at the supermarket, for GNN

“No one has responded to the sign yet but one of the women I talked to said she will call me in a few days and is thankful that she can stop feeling anxious about having to go to the store now!”

Becky has posted on a local Facebook group to try to get the word out and to see if anyone needs help.

“In these situations, when the community steps up, you really lessen the pressure on first responders and medical personnel,” she said in an email. “If you’re able to decrease, even by a little bit, the number of patients that have to seek care because they’ve been exposed to something, it’s good for the community as a whole.”

“Utilizing people power is one of the best ways that we can combat the virus.”

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