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Covid-19: Newspaper deliveryman brings groceries for customers

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Filed on April 1, 2020
Newspaper deliveryman, New Jersey, covid-19

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Greg Dailey has been working as a newspaper carrier for 25 years.

A newspaper deliveryman, from New Jersey, noticed his elderly customers were running low on groceries but were too scared to step out of their houses due to Covid-19 outbreak. He decided to deliver household necessities and groceries right at their door step without any extra charge.

Greg Dailey, 50, has been working as a newspaper carrier for 25 years and lives in East Windsor, New Jersey. "I was at the grocery store a couple of days later and started thinking about this 88-year-old lady. I called her up and said, 'Hi, this is Greg, your newspaper guy - I'm at the store, do you need anything'?" Dailey said. 

After dropping off groceries at the elderly lady's door step, Dailey typed out an offer to shop for all 800 of his newspaper customers, and anyone else in his delivery area who might need help. "I give everyone a head's up that I'm going to drop by, then they put out an envelope for me with their payment," Dailey was quoted as saying in MSN

"Sometimes, we'll sit and talk a bit from a distance. To be honest, this is one of the most rewarding things I've ever done," he said, adding that he also asked his wife, Cherlyn, their children - Erin, 24, Sean, 21, and Brian, 17, and his mother-in-law, Carol Krohn, to help him with the cause every morning.

One of Dailey's customers, Sandy Driska, 72, was skeptical to reach out to him when she first heard about him delivering groceries for free. "I thought, 'Oh, he's too good to be true'. But then I called Greg, and he delivered $302 of groceries to the front of my garage the very next day," Driska said, adding, "What a godsend this man has been."

After delivering newspapers in the morning, Dailey and his family split up the shopping lists and visit two local grocery stores in the community. They carefully wipe every item with disinfecting wipes before making the day's deliveries. 

"My daughter and I delivered to a home yesterday, and the woman told me, 'You're the closest thing to an angel I've ever seen.' Do you know what that does to your heart? I just melted," Dailey said.

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