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Invisible Hands helps people shop amid outbreak

"Miss, today's my 80th birthday and that's the best present you could have given me." With thousands of volunteers in NYC and New Jersey, Invisible Hands is a network venturing into grocery stores and pharmacies for those who cannot risk getting sick. 👐 (with Global Citizen)

Invisible Hands bringing visible aid amid crisis

Healthy volunteers helping those at high risk

During such tumultuous times, able bodied good samaritans, including Simone Politanco and Healy Chait, have recently sprung into action, inspired by the medical professionals bravely combating the spread of COVID-19 and the dangers that the elderly and at-risk individuals are now faced with. Together with Mimi Aboubaker and Liam Elkind, they have founded Invisible Hands, a non-profit network of volunteers dedicated to the pick-up and delivery of groceries, prescriptions, and other essentials to those avoiding viral exposure. “In New York City, in times of crisis, it brings a lot of people together.”, says Chait as she comments on how quickly a group of 100 volunteers ballooned to over 7000. These services are being done as safely as possible for volunteers and those placing orders, with strict adherence to sanitization procedures and distancing guidelines.

Strengthening communities while saving lives

Beyond the direct aid and food and medicine provided, Invisible Hands’ focus on neighbor to neighbor interaction is going the extra mile to provide some form of human contact and emotional support during isolated times. “This is one of those times when I remember that New York is such a small town and people are willing to look out for one another and have each other's backs,” remarks Elkind. Fear and stress can too easily do their part to deplete one’s immune system. An army of volunteers, in response, have weaponized hope in beating back an invisible and novel enemy with over 600 deliveries completed since the middle of March. Each delivery also carries a degree of educational value, as volunteers underscore the CDC recommendations around thoroughly washing any produce and sanitizing all boxes or containers before handling.

Finding humanity in relative chaos

Chait specifically recalls an encounter with an 80 year old man on his birthday that has touched her and strengthened her resolve. The privilege of being able to think in terms of real people in need rather than statistics may not be easy but can be the best motivation. The group will also begin doing “companion calls” in order to provide literal companionship outside of delivering items. If you would like to help out, Invisible Hands is still looking for volunteers in the New York and New Jersey area to get activated immediately after a health screening and check against recent travel outside of the United States.

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03/30/2020 5:04 PM
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67 comments

  • Zeshan J.
    04/10/2020 16:33

    Very nice help each other

  • Linh H.
    04/10/2020 04:14

    Chúc tốt lành

  • Marsha C.
    04/07/2020 21:05

    This just shows what we can do and how great America is

  • Brandi L.
    04/07/2020 04:55

    ....🤦‍♀️ yes, this virus effects everyone. Let's risks the lives of the youth that have 40+ years left vs the elderly who have 15- years left.

  • Morel H.
    04/06/2020 17:10

    AMERICA !!!

  • Essam A.
    04/06/2020 14:50

    تم

  • استغفر ا.
    04/06/2020 01:03

    واش كتحلم يكون عندك متابعين فاليوتيوب 🤩 ولكن كتلقى صعوبة باش تجمعهم🥺 موقع تخصيب دار ليك الحل , أكبر موقع عربي و عالمي لتبادل المحتويات ... انضم الأن ... يمنع التواصل عبر الخاص أو الشوشرة حتى لا تتعرض للطرد . https://chat.whatsapp.com/LJT1vCjV0pHEXYXFu7QR5Y

  • Idir Z.
    04/05/2020 11:31

    ...

  • Edward C.
    04/05/2020 11:29

    Good people 😎

  • Georges K.
    04/03/2020 09:36

    الإحسان هو كل عمل جيد يقوم به احد ما اتجاه الآخر

  • Husan,chand C.
    04/03/2020 08:40

    Take care everyone .

  • Lokesh D.
    04/02/2020 18:46

    Good job In india मोर देन one करोड़ are doing मोर than this

  • Mizanur R.
    04/02/2020 00:03

    Happy bardda two you

  • Muhammad Y.
    04/01/2020 21:11

    Amazing 👌

  • Norma B.
    04/01/2020 17:50

    You are amazing

  • Piero A.
    04/01/2020 13:43

    Amazing...great initiative...great work. Very proud of you. Keep healthy, wear masks and gloves. GOD bless all of you.

  • Sirazul S.
    04/01/2020 08:04

    Good

  • Yousafzada Y.
    03/31/2020 18:48

    03402847158

  • Abu N.
    03/31/2020 18:41

    May Allah bless you!

  • اليا ل.
    03/31/2020 18:07

    الله يشافي كل مريص