Newspaper delivery man and his family bring groceries to seniors amid coronavirus

At a time when countless Americans are relying on local heroes to stay safe, Greg Dailey and his family are stepping up.

Dailey is a small business owner and newspaper delivery man in Mercer County, New Jersey. Virtually every day for the past 25 years, he’s woken up at 4 a.m. to deliver newspapers to 800 homes in his community. But since the novel coronavirusshutdowns began, Dailey has been delivering more than newspapers — he’s delivering groceries, too.

“These are unprecedented times and people still have to eat,” said Dailey. “We’re a big family that believes in helping each other.”

The idea struck Dailey two weeks ago. Phyllis Ross, an 88-year-old costumer on his paper route, asked if he could drop her newspaper closer to her garage to limit the amount of time she was outside. Then it hit him.

“I went to the store and I thought to myself, ‘How in the world is she going to get groceries,'” said Dailey.

He called up Ross and asked if she needed any supplies from the store, which she took as a godsend.

“We were absolutely floored when he called,” said Ross. “At my age, I’m afraid to go into a store.”

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