Woman’s heartfelt coronavirus plea as she spots elderly couple in shop car park

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the UK, many people have found themselves fearful of everyday activies.

Amid the outbreak, which has seen supermarket shelves left bare as people stockpile non-perishable items, the over-70s have been urged to skip social occasions or going to church.

And whilst this has led to many becoming fearful of going near strangers, one woman has won praise for helping an elderly couple in need.

Athlete Rebecca Mehra came across two strangers that had sat in a supermarket car park for 45 minutes after becoming afraid to enter the supermarket.

And instead of ignoring their plea for help – she made sure they were looked after.

Now Rebecca, of Bend, Oregon, is urging others to check in with members of their community who may need extra support in the next few weeks.

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She tweeted: "I went to the grocery store this afternoon.

"As I was walking in I heard a woman yell to me from her car.

"I walked over and found an elderly woman and her husband.

"She cracked her window open a bit more, and explained to me nearly in tears that they are afraid to go in the store.

"Afraid to get sick as they are in their 80’s and hear that the novel coronavirus is affecting older people disproportionately.

"And that they don’t have family around to help them out.

"Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 bill and a grocery list, and asked if I would be willing to buy her groceries.

"I bought the groceries and placed them in her trunk, and gave her back the change.

"She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 min before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help.

"I know it’s a time of hysteria and nerves, but offer to help anyone you can. Not everyone has people to turn to."

Her tweet quickly went viral, garnering over 5,000 retweets and more than 26,000 likes.

People were quick to praise Rebecca for her generous act amidst the uncertain time.

One person wrote: "Reading and thinking about my parents (both in their early 70's) doing this.

"They're proud and not from a generation that asks for help easily.

"Crying thinking about them sitting and waiting to find someone who might help. Thank you for your kindness."

A fellow community minded person urged others to check in on their neighbours, saying: "Everyone needs to check on all our senior citizen neighbors and help out during this time."

A different Twitter user said: "That was very kind of you. I hope everyone checks on their neighbors especially elderly, disabled, chronically ill neighbors who may need some help. 

"Groceries can be delivered in some places for a small fee but not everywhere."

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