Covid Shop n’ Drop was established by Angela Rogers in order to offer a free delivery service for people at risk of contracting COVID-19 after she saw an incident at a local grocery store last week.
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NICEVILLE — Plenty of people saw the same thing Angela Rogers did last week. Plenty of people were bothered by it.
Very few of them did anything about it.
"I was with someone at Wal-Mart to pick some things up, and driving back I just remember being so upset about what I'd seen," said Rogers, 25. "The amount of elderly people I saw in the store struggling to make their way to areas where there were things we all needed ... and the look of concern on their faces to try and get that stuff was just hard to see.
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"It actually broke my heart a little. I wouldn't want my grandma out shopping right now, would you? I thought that if there was a way I can help, I would. It's coming more from a concerned citizen point of view than anything else."
Rogers became more than a concerned citizen over the weekend, setting up a phone number, e-mail and Facebook page for Covid Shop n' Drop service - a free delivery service for people who are at risk because of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Shop n' Drop's goal is to offer free service to community members in Niceville, Valparaiso, Destin and Fort Walton Beach who are unable to leave their homes to buy groceries, pick up medications from their pharmacy or items for the post office.
"Our goal is to assist as many of our community members as possible that are in need of this service," said Rogers, who is working on her private pilot's license. "We want to limit their risk of being exposed to the COVID-19 virus."
The hotline number to place orders or questions is 251-230-8750 and the e-mail is email@example.com. There's also a GoFundMe page set up to help Rogers' group with gas and tolls. There are a handful of volunteers - seven in total - and all between the ages of 22-27.
"We've been lucky enough to have some donations so far that will help us, along with some churches that we've reached out to," Rogers said. "We feel pretty good about the financial situation, but no one is getting paid. If people do want to give us tips, they can just put them in a plastic sandwich baggie and any left over money in the GoFundMe will go to a local charity."
Rogers hustled to get a logo done over the weekend and put in a key list of strict sanitation procedures for all delivery drivers, including checking their temperatures throughout the day.
"Some of the people are used to getting taken advantage of, so we want them to see our logo and know that it's us," Rogers said. "We wanted to make everything official so when we pull up, people know who we are and they feel safe."