Strangers stepping in to help one another during COVID-19 pandemic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – We’ve seen it before during Hurricanes and times of uncertainty -- communities stepping up to help each other. Dealing with the coronavirus outbreak is no different.

Strangers are offering to pick up groceries or medicine for the most vulnerable groups of people during the epidemic. The power of social media is helping.

It one case, it started with a tweet from Hampton Ray that reads:

“I posted it on the 13th,” Ray said.

Within 24 hours, Ray said he got a response from a woman in Seattle. She said she was concerned about her 80-year-old grandparents, saying:

“They are stubborn and don’t want to ask for help. I live in Seattle, and it is bad here, and I know it is likely headed their way."

The two got in touch, and Ray offered his assistance.

“It was just a loaf of bread and some water, just some basic items and it really didn’t take much,” Ray said. "She offered to Venmo me, and I was like, it’s a couple bucks. It’s the least I can do.”

Websites like Nextdoor and local Facebook groups are just some of the ways people can post if they need help.