March 28, 2020
Young New Yorkers Gather 1,300 Volunteers To Deliver Groceries To The Elderly During Coronavirus Pandemic

Two young New Yorkers recently started an organization they have named Invisible Hands, which is working to deliver both comfort and groceries to the elderly who are not able to leave their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-year-old Liam Elkind and his friend Simone Policano are both looking out for the vulnerable members of their community, according to Tank's Good News.

New York has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus. In fact, more than half of the nation's cases of this virus exist there. As a result, citizens have been instructed to stay home and practice social distancing. Because older people are considered to be particularly vulnerable to the pandemic, they have been told to stay inside.

Elkind and Policano wanted to find a way to get the elderly the basic necessities they need without them having to be exposed to germs by visiting their local pharmacies and supermarkets. They began by issuing a call out for volunteers on Facebook. In order to qualify as a volunteer, one would have to be healthy themselves, not have traveled outside of the United States for at least two weeks, and not have been around anyone that exhibits symptoms of COVID-19.

Essentially, what these volunteers do is take grocery orders from the elderly, as well as pick up any medications they might need. They wear gloves while shopping and sanitize everything they collect. They then deliver the items personally. Perhaps most importantly, they take the time to chat with the individuals whom they are delivering food to, all the while staying a safe distance away from them.

Elkind was inspired by his father, a doctor, whom he has seen put his life on the line in an effort to save other people during these trying times. He figured that by purchasing and delivering groceries, he could also do his part in helping others.

"I figured, OK, I can go buy some groceries. That I can do. This is one of those times when I remember that New York is such a small town, and people are willing to look out for one another and have each other's back," he said.

Before long, his list of volunteers had grown exponentially. Elkind then started a website where the elderly can sign up to receive food deliveries.

As The Inquisitr previously reported, many young people like Elkind have come up with creative ways to help others in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. One young girl named Shaivi Shah from California has been working to put together sanitation kits for the homeless of her own community.