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Grocery Stores Adapt Hours for Senior Citizens and the Vulnerable

Most of us have heard the sweet quote from Mister Rogers, where he said, When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” These days, this couldn’t ring truer. The Coronavirus has impacted the world’s population and there continues to be a lot of unknown. However, there are always those that can be seen helping, and their actions are not going unnoticed.

In particular, many retailers, including Walmart, Target, Publix and Walgreens, are dedicating the first hour after they open to the senior citizens and the vulnerable. Understandably, the general public has many concerns during the COVID-19 outbreak and want to keep their homes stocked with everyday essentials. However, this leaves the vulnerable and elderly at a disadvantage, as they may not be able to buy what they need before it is sold out or shop during busy hours. Therefore, it is admirable to see businesses make the necessary changes to accommodate multiple segments of their most customer base.  These companies are assisting those most susceptible of contracting severe cases of COVID-19 to shop more comfortably.

During these days of concern, changing information and new protocols, we must do what we can to take care of one another. It is not only during the good times that we must focus on helping a neighbor, caring for the elderly or checking-in on family and friends. We must continue this custom in both good times and bad. Thank you to the number of retailers and businesses who have shown kindness in these turbulent times.  

-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist