A beautiful thread by Rebecca Mehra on how checking on those most at risk in your lives can make a difference. This will restore your faith in humanity.


First published in March 2020.

I went to the grocery store this afternoon.

As I was walking in I heard a woman yell to me from her car. 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 80s and hearing 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. I bought the groceries and placed them in her trunk, and gave her back the change.

She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 minutes before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help.

I know it’s a time of hysteria and nerves, but offer to help anyone you can. Not everyone has people to turn to.


Tweets posted on 12 March 2020 by @rebecca_mehra.






[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 15 March 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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