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'Shopping Angels' helping seniors stay at home, doing their grocery shopping for them

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Posted at 10:31 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 18:37:47-04

The fear for many just going into the grocery store right now is very real — and even worse for so many seniors. One group called the Shopping Angels hopes to take away that burden for seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.

They’re a group of volunteers, willing to go grab the essentials, groceries and medications for elderly neighbors, and drop them off right at their doorstep.

It’s a nationwide effort that is taking off here in Northeast Ohio. Jenny Kenderes is one of three Shopping Angels coordinators in Ohio.

“It’s been amazing, I’ve been flooded with volunteers,” Kenderes said. She runs Premier Senior Solutions, working with seniors and their families on a daily basis. With the coronavirus pandemic, her business has been impacted, so she wanted to put her efforts toward something good.

“We just want to keep them safe in their home and know we are here to do the work for them,” Kenderes said.

Seniors or their family members can call or email the Shopping Angels and give them a list of what they need, then pay for the items however they choose.

The volunteers follow CDC guidelines and wear protective equipment while shopping — and deliver right to the doorstep for free.

“We just want them to know they can stay home safely and not expose themselves and we will take care of the necessities for them,” Kenderes said.

If you'd like to request a shopping trip or are interested in volunteering, you can reach out to shoppingangelsoh@gmail.com or call/text 614-664-9155.