"Check up on your elderly neighbor or friend or an elderly stranger on the street. Don’t be consumed by greed. Love thy neighbor," she wrote on Facebook.
It is only natural for us to become selfish in times like these, but it is essential to not forget that people are in dire need of things that we have probably hoarded. There are people at a natural disadvantage to go out and stock-pile basic necessities, like the elderly and the sick. This was what an Australian woman named Helena Ellis observed on her trip to the supermarket which prompted her to share the incident with the whole world. Helena, a DJ, took to Facebook the share the heartbreaking incident. She also did something that would make all of us proud of her and her generosity, even during times like these.
She wrote: Today I went grocery shopping, and saw this elderly man, probably at least 84 years old, with an empty trolley staring at empty shelves of bread. My heart broke. I had gotten the last two hot dog bun packs and gave him one out of my trolley, I said “At least it’s still bread” and he laughed and thanked me (I felt that was the least I could have done for him) If you see an old person, please stop and ask if they need anything. Stop and give them something from your trolley that is no longer on the shelves that you could easily come back and get tomorrow. Who knows where they came from or how long it took them to get to the shops, only to get there and find empty shelves.
She even had a general message for all of us, just to be kind to others and to look out for one another. In a time of complete and utter maddens and chaos, please don’t forget to look out for each other and look out for those who need it most. Check up on your elderly neighbor or friend or an elderly stranger on the street. Don’t be consumed by greed. Love thy neighbor. Her post has been shared over 122K times. Now, to give the elderly an advantage, several supermarkets have decided to allot a designated hour of the day just for the elderly people to come in and do their shopping in peace, without having to worry about things running out.
Since this is usually in the morning, before the mad rush, there still will be items on the shelves for the old people to buy, too. They will be allowed to shop within the hour after they provide their id card, reports ABC News. Several supermarkets, in a bid to limit panic buying, are also putting a number on the items you can purchase. Liza Rahmat commented on Facebook about the incident and wrote: Wonder if our local supermarkets would consider certain timings in the morning after shelves are topped up for the elderly and care-givers to shop first. So that they don’t have to face the crowds. Just a thought ...
Daryl Li added: Don't panic buy. When you do that you create shortage and it will cause price to rose up. It is a vicious cycle. Also you deny others especially the weak and old people a chance for them to buy their groceries and necessities. Since we are already here in this world we should learn to take things in our stride and dont fear death too much. Learn to enjoy life and share joy with people in it. Tao Kay shared: This is really not necessary at all. The old the sick the weak need the most attention the most. Let us share abit of love and kindness towards them. Choon Lin Ng added: This is a worldwide phenomenon happening everywhere.