Article originally published in Alexandria Senior Services' Groceries-to-Go Newsletter, September 2020
Sally is a native of Alexandria and a senior at Georgetown Visitation in Washington, D.C. She is a two-sport athlete (field hockey and lacrosse) and the youngest of four children.
When Covid-19 restrictions were imposed in Virginia and the City’s seniors were encouraged to stay safe at home, Sally reached out to her church, The Basilica of Saint Mary in Old Town, to see how she could help. The Basilica put Sally in touch with [Groceries to Go organizer] me (Sandy), and I asked if she was interested in helping two residents at Goodwin House.
It was a perfect fit – Sally knew Goodwin House because her grandmother had spent several months there over Christmas recovering from a broken hip. The only catch was that Sally was not 18, so needed an adult to join her in the effort. Mary [her mother] acknowledges that Sally does most of the work – communicating with her grocery buddies, getting their grocery lists, and shopping and delivering the groceries. Mary pitches in where needed.
“It has been nice to see Sally develop a relationship with her grocery buddies. She’s naturally outgoing and enjoys the interaction with them,” Mary says.
And Sally’s “buddies” – Marilynn and Martin – enjoy interacting with her. Marilynn has a daughter named Sally who lives in Colorado. “I am fortunate to have another Sally, who lives nearby and reliably delivers groceries to me.”
Martin adds, “The grocery shopping and delivery that Sally does is greatly appreciated by the recipients of the groceries. And Sally is always a pleasure to communicate with.”