A reminder that a crisis can often bring out the best in people.
An Oregon woman’s story has gone viral after disclosing the good deed she did for an elderly couple who were overcome with fear amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Rebecca Mehra detailed the heartwarming experience in a series of tweets
“I went to the grocery store this afternoon,” the 25-year-old began. “As I was walking in I heard a woman yell to me from her car. I walked over and found an elderly woman and her husband. She cracked her window open a bit more, and explained to me nearly in tears that they are afraid to go in the store.”
Fearful for their health due to the spread of COVID-19, the couple disclosed they were in their ‘80s, didn’t have any family nearby and asked Meera if she would help get them supplies.
“Through the crack in the window she handed me a $100 bill and a grocery list, and asked if I would be willing to buy her groceries,” she recounted.
Mehra didn’t think twice.
“I bought the groceries and placed them in her trunk, and gave her back the change,” Mehra continued. “ She told me she had been sitting in the car for nearly 45 min before I had arrived, waiting to ask the right person for help.”
With so many people panicking and some resorting to questionable behavior, Mehra reminded everyone to try and do better.
“I know it’s a time of hysteria and nerves, but offer to help anyone you can,” Mehra advised. “Not everyone has people to turn to.”
After sharing her story, the post was retweeted over 100K times and led to Mehra appearing on various television outlets like CBS and CNN.
Despite the attention, she downplayed her heroism by chalking it up to coincidence.
“Overwhelmed by the positive response to my tweet yesterday,” Mehra wrote in a follow-up tweet. “Frankly most people I know would have done the same thing I did. I was just in the right place at the right time.”
According to the CDC, the people most at risk of getting sick from coronavirus are older adults and individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions like: heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.