A New York woman is earning plenty of praise online after she wrote a message offering to help her elderly neighbors.
Maggie Connolly, who lives in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood, posted her handwritten letter after several grocery stores in her community started running of supplies, according to Fox News.
The note, which is addressed to “elderly neighbors and those with compromised health,” includes Connolly’s email and an offer to help those in need.
“To elderly neighbors and those with compromised health, If you need help or don’t feel safe going to busy stores right now, your neighbors are here to help!” the message reads in part.
Connolly’s neighbor reposted an image of the note, after which it was shared by several popular Instagram accounts. One post, by the account Good News Movement, earned nearly 50,000 likes and hundreds of comments from users who called the effort “sweet” and “amazing”.
“This is wonderful. This is the type of stuff that needs to be on the news. For the scared and elderly people there is still help!” one commenter wrote.
Others used the message as a source of inspiration, saying it served as a reminder as to how people should behave during emergencies.
“I said it once and I’ll say it again; these are times that potentially bring the best or the worst out of us,” one commenter wrote. “We will walk away from this having learned something and being stronger or weaker. United or divided. Let’s all do the right thing.”
Connolly told Fox News she received plenty of responses to the note, with people of all age ranges asking for help. She added that she also got emails from other people who were following suit in their own neighborhoods.
“I had so many people reach out, both in the neighborhood to volunteer, but then also all over the world sending me pictures of their signs that they’re making, which I think is so huge,” she said.
Connolly said she’s currently working with around 70 volunteers in her own neighborhood — a community she’s hoping to grow by working with the initiative Invisible Hands, which offers delivery aid for those in need throughout New York City and Jersey City.
“Hopefully the more emails that we get, we can send somebody that lives very close to them that they might even recognize or know,” she told Fox News.
Those interested in getting involved with Invisible Hands can sign up to volunteer or donate through the organization’s website.
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