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Find Out Why This Guy Made Over 500 Trips To The Grocery Store (Hint: He's Not Shopping For Himself!)

He started helping seniors in his community during the Covid-19 pandemic. Now he's making a whole new career out of it.

As people begin to return to their normal lives after coronavirus restrictions ease in cities all over the country, some folks are emerging from the lockdown with new goals, new careers and a forever-altered outlook on life.

George Dailey is one of those people.

When a stay-at-home order in Dailey's hometown of East Windsor, NJ forced his frame shop to close, he wasn't sure what he was going to do. Thankfully, Dailey has a second job delivering newspapers, so he was able to keep making an income.

Dailey and his family have made over 500 trips to the grocery store to shop and deliver food to seniors. Erin Dailey

Typically, Dailey throws the papers in the front yards or driveways of people along his route. However, when an elderly woman asked him to toss the paper closer to her door so that she could get to it more easily, it made him think.

"If she can't walk 20 feet to get her newspaper, how is she getting groceries?'" Dailey told CNN. "So, I called her and asked if she needed anything."

The woman graciously accepted his offer and asked if he minded picking up some items for her neighbor, who is also elderly and was nervous about going to the grocery store.

Dailey is careful to follow the proper social distance precautions when taking orders from his customers and making his deliveries. Screenshot: CNN

Once Dailey dropped off the groceries and saw how grateful they were for his help, he got an idea.

"I deliver (newspapers) to 450 customers who live in senior developments," Dailey said. "These are two people who live within a hundred feet of each other who can't get out to get groceries. What about the rest of them?"

So, Dailey typed up a note and stuck it in with the newspapers for his next round of deliveries.

Dailey included a note for his 800+ customers to contact him if they needed help getting essential items during the Covid-19 pandemic. Kazan Today/Facebook

The note read: "I understand during these trying times it is difficult for some to get out of their house to get everyday necessities. I would like to offer my services free of charge to anyone who needs groceries, household products, etc."

Dailey left his phone number and email address, and within hours he received over a dozen requests. Soon, Dailey's family stepped in to help him with the shopping trips and his daughter created a spreadsheet to keep track of the orders, which average between five to ten per day.

Since Dailey started the project, he's taken over 500 orders and him and his family haven't taken a day off except for Easter Sunday.

Dailey shops for groceries with his family while wearing masks.Erin Dailey

But, for Dailey, the reactions from the people he's helping makes all of the hard work worthwhile.

"Some of them, honestly, want to talk. They're lonely. Others just stand behind their door and give me the prayer hands," he said. "It just melts your heart. The interaction just eliminates me being tired. It lifts you up and gives you energy because they're so grateful."

Dailey's customers are always happy to say him and say that he has been a lifesaver during the pandemic. Erin Dailey

Dailey plans to re-open his frame shop now that coronavirus restrictions have eased in his county, however his work helping the senior community is far from over.

Along with continuing with the shopping trips, Dailey recently joined Love-A-Senior, a Florida-based organization that helps senior citizens, and has agreed to open a New Jersey chapter of the group.

As for his regulars, who he has come to know pretty well over the last few months, the bonds they've made are priceless.

"I honestly can't wait to give these people a hug," he said.

How can you start something good?

Inspired by Dailey's incredible act of kindness?

You can do your part to help vulnerable members of your community by offering to buy groceries, run their errands or simply stop by to see how they're doing. Sometimes just having someone to talk to can do wonders for seniors who may be cooped up in their homes all day.

You can also contact Love-A-Senior by emailing and see if there are any opportunities in your area.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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