Before the coronavirus pandemic, Greg Daniels was already serving his community.
He’s a newspaper delivery man making sure people get their daily local news.
But after the pandemic hit, he decided that he would help feed people in Mercer County, New Jersey too.
Daniels realized that he needed to add grocery deliveryman to his job title when a woman asked him to drop her newspaper off closer to her door.
That’s when he had an epiphany.
“If she can’t get the paper at the sidewalk, which is 20 feet from the house, in this pandemic, how is she going to get the things she needs?” Daniels told CBS News.
Lunch with my girl!! Erin Dailey taking a break from the cadaver lab to join me, grandpa and B for a bite.
So, Daniels called his customer and asked her if she needed anything from the grocery store.
The woman gave him a shopping list and asked if he could pick something up for her neighbor.
That made Daniels realize just how big the need for this service was. He then decided that to leave a note for the rest of his 725 customers asking if they also needed help safely getting their groceries.
“My name is Greg Dailey and I deliver your newspaper every morning. 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.,” the note read.
It also explained that Dailey would be shopping at ShopRite and McCaffery’s and would be leaving the groceries on individual doorsteps.
People immediately took Dailey up on his offer and calls and emails for his service started pouring in.
He also started getting inquires from people asking if they could help him provide delivery services.
People offered to make deliveries, give him gas money, and to feed his own family.
Others just wanted to say thank you.
“I know you only by the sound of your car in the morning and your good service, but your offer to help in our community is a step beyond,” one customer wrote him. “If you hear a little extra sound when you fly past (our house), it will be us applauding and cheering for a good man.”
(Hightstown, New Jersey): Greg Dailey left a note inside the newspapers he delivers that read: “My name is Greg Dailey….
And Dailey certainly is.
He’s made close to 500 deliveries for almost 100 senior citizens on his route during the pandemic.
Not only is he helping people to get the necessities but also the extras that make living through a quarantine a little bit more bearable.
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“I told one of the gentlemen, ‘I can stop at the liquor store if you want. His eyes went wide,’” Dailey told NJ.com.
Dailey says he might even continue doing pro bono grocery delivery even after the pandemic is over.
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“There’s a level of appreciation here, Steve, that goes above and beyond anything I’ve ever seen. So, no, I’m not going to stop,” Greg told CBS News’ Steve Hartman. “There’s something about being able to do something really nice for people.”
If you have the opportunity to do something nice for someone, do it! 🙏❤️
At this point, Dailey is probably getting just as much out of making deliveries as the people he is delivering to are.
“When you hear folks say America will emerge from this [pandemic] stronger, this is exactly what they mean,” Hartman wrote. “Greg didn’t do volunteer work before — heck, he didn’t do his own grocery shopping before. He’s just a guy called into duty by circumstance — who will now stay in service by choice.”
Learn more about Dailey’s story in the video below.
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