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'Shopping Angels' help high-risk groups get the supplies they need during pandemic

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Sometimes a simple act of kindness can be truly heroic. A routine trip to the grocery store is nearly impossible for some. Volunteers in Central Ohio are stepping up to help high-risk groups get supplies they need during the coronavirus pandemic.{ } (WSYX/WTTE){ }

Sometimes a simple act of kindness can be truly heroic. A routine trip to the grocery store is nearly impossible for some. Volunteers in Central Ohio are stepping up to help high-risk groups get supplies they need during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We want to make sure we can be of service to them," Volunteer Missy Krugh said. "It really brings us joy to be able to help. There is so much gratitude."

Amid COVID-19 concerns, an effort called "Shopping Angels" was launched around the nation. Volunteers in all 50 states are going out to do grocery runs for people at high risk, who can't leave their homes. Missy Krugh decided to recruit volunteers and join the effort in Ohio.

Being in the senior services' industry herself, she wanted to find a way to further help people in need.

"They call us and say 'I'm fearful, I can't go out.,' We want to make sure we are reaching them. In 20 years I would want someone to do the same for me if I needed help."

Ohio State University student Sierra Schwierking said she's calling on other college students to help how they can. After her sophomore year was abruptly changed, she said she couldn't just sit by and watch others go without.

"There are always going to be people who are willing to lend a hand," Schwierking said. "If you feel like your classes aren't taking up as much time anymore and you want to help out, this is a great opportunity."

Shopping Angels is looking for more volunteers to help. Visit their Facebook page to learn more. You can also call 614-664-9155.

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