Stepping up in time of crisis
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Photo by Randy M. Cauthron
Local resident offering delivery services to homebound
In the midst of day-to-changes and the continued escalation of restrictions and alterations to life as “normal” across the country attached to slowing the spread of the coronavirus, a Spencer resident is looking to ease part of the burden on homebound or health-challenged individuals in his own special way.
While panic has prompted the emptying of grocery store shelves and the hoarding of necessary household items by some, 27-year-old Kyle Verner is offering a different approach. He’s looking to do what he can as one person to assist those most susceptible to the dangerous virus.
Verner is hoping to assist those who are unable to leave their homes or afraid to go to the store for fear of catching COVID-19 by offering to deliver grocery items and other incidentals to them at home.
“My grandpa just died a month ago,” Verner said. “If I can help other people out, that’s great.
He continued, “I just thought, I’m young and I can go out and about. If someone doesn’t want to go outside or can’t then I’m a position to help.”
The H&N Chevrolet Buick car salesman was reluctant at first to do the story because he was concerned people would see it as a stunt to promote car sales or make himself look like he was trying to shine a light on himself. But he said he believed those he is most trying to reach are regular paper readers so he felt the medium would reach a broader audience.
“If you’re in a position to help and don’t because of possible ramifications, that’s just cowardice,” Verner said. “I’m not looking for a spotlight, but if people want to reach out for help, I want to do my part to contribute to the bigger picture.”
He is hoping those in need of his delivery service will reach out to him by calling 240-4677 and if he is unavailable leave a message so he can work out details on how to best assist each individual by picking up and delivering items needed.
“I would hate for someone to not have anyone they could call for help,” Verner said. “Some people may not have any loved ones or anyone to call.
He added, “This is the only way I can help. I don’t have much else to offer. ... I didn’t give much thought to why, but I think there are people doing this in other towns. Why not here? What’s this all about if you’re not kind to one another and there to help each other out?”
Local Allstate office seeking to aid homebound
Spencer’s Allstate Insurance, and agency manager Gabriel Torres Garcia, is offering assistance to seniors and those affected by coronavirus, picking up groceries and prescription drugs and delivering free of charge. Contact the office at 580-3800.