Coronavirus: Community members display kindness, lend a helping hand

Community swap by Trader & Co encourages people to drop off things in excess. Photo: Supplied

Community swap by Trader & Co encourages people to drop off things in excess. Photo: Supplied

As panic-buying hits communities during the coronavirus pandemic, some people have shown kindness and help to others at this time.

Trader & Co has started a community swap where people are encouraged to drop off things they are not using for others. They started the initiative as a way of supporting people in need.

Free swap. Photo: Supplied

Free swap. Photo: Supplied

"It's been going well. People have been leaving excess products for those that are struggling to get to the shops and buy them," said Sophie Peer, spokeperson for Trader & Co.

Fresh produce, toilet paper and excess groceries are among items being left by people. Residents in the community have offered to deliver food packets to families in self-isolation or the elderly who are unable to travel or find their basic supplies at the supermarket.

Amiey Doolan is one such good samaritan. She has created packets of foods and supplies and even offered to drop them at doorsteps.

Amiey Doolan has offered to deliver packets of food and supplies to those in need. Pic: Supplied

Amiey Doolan has offered to deliver packets of food and supplies to those in need. Pic: Supplied

These packets include items such as tea, coffee, vegetable stock, creamed corn, and toilet paper.

"I moved to Yass with my little family about a year and a half ago," she said.

"My mum is in Gundagai and one of those who is vulnerable to this virus and needs to isolate as much as she can.

"I would like to think that someone would be kind enough to help her if she needed it while I can't be there for her.

"I don't have a lot myself, but I have enough to offer what I can spare. I really hope that it will start a chain reaction or at least get people thinking about what they can do to help in the community."

Another resident has offered to drive the elderly to and from supermarkets.