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In It Together: These Shop Owners Deliver Free Face Masks And Hand Sanitizer To Senior Citizens In Need

While some folks literally stockpiled important pandemic supplies such as hand sanitizer and tried price gouging (yes, we know you’re donating them now, but we’re still looking at you askance, Matt and Noah Colvin), others are giving health and safety supplies for free. Asiyah and Jawad Javed, who run a corner shop (bodega, quickie-mart, market, whatever you prefer to call them) in Scotland, are giving anyone over the age of 65 free face masks, antibacterial hand gel, and cleaning wipes to help slow the spread of coronavirus. And if you can’t make it to the shop, they will deliver the items free of charge.

“I feel it is not fair on elderly people, some can’t get out the house. We are delivering 30 packages to a care home where there are 30 people living, and we’ve got another couple of hundred in the shop,” said Asiyah.

The couple had stocked up at a cash and carry before coronavirus hit Scotland and supplies of hand soap had run low.

“People thought I was going to sell them, but I had this in my mind. I thought ‘it’s time to give now’, not when coronavirus is here,” Asiyah added.

Some folks scoffed at the couple, saying they were going to run out of money. But the pair doesn’t care.

“Money is not everything, there will be the opportunity to make money in future,” Asiyah said.

Screenshot via The Independent

So far, their act of generosity has cost their business about $2400.

Asiyah, a mother of three, said her own grandparents were dead, but she has been thinking of them often as this health crisis worsens.

“We spent a lot of time with our grandparents, and we feel that if they were alive we wouldn’t want them to be struggling. We are trying to help the older people out, if they were young they would have got to the supermarket but some of them can’t because they are old,” she said.

“Other people are putting the prices up but we are giving them away for free.”

So far, the couple have delivered 500 kits. No doubt the elderly in their community are feeling cared for and grateful for the Javed’s help.

Patricia Grisafi

Written by Patricia Grisafi