SAN ANGELO, Texas —
Crowded parking lots and empty shelves: that's the scene you'll witness at most grocery stores around the country this week.
As people prepare for possible lockdowns because of the coronavirus, many have been stocking up on canned foods and toilet paper.
However, it seems not all of those people are stocking up for themselves. If they're like Sara Carpenter, their carts are filled with supplies that will be given to others.
“It’s hard enough for others to get what they need, even more so with elderly people. That could be my grandfather or my grandmother. They need to be taken care of just like anybody else," Carpenter said.
Carpenter is an administrator of the San Angelo Support Group on Facebook. She and a few others created the group in October because they felt as if there needed to be an easier way to ask for/give items to those in need. There are now more than 1,000 members.
"If they give us a name, we try to find that person, reach out to them and see what they need and see how we can help them," she said.
Carpenter is a stay-at-home mother of a two-year-old. However, she - as well as everyone else that's a part of the San Angelo Support Group - pays for everything she gives to people with her own money.
Over the weekend, Carpenter and friends delivered care packages to six elderly people, as well as two families with young children.
“You see some of these people in their conditions and you just think ‘my gosh, there’s no way these people could go out to the stores right now and try to fight for items or push through the crowds," Carpenter said.
She said she and her fellow support group administrators plan on creating these care packages and gathering supplies for as long as there are people in need. The elderly and disabled have first priority, followed by families with children.
“That’s all we could ask for, to try to bring them some peace during this time. It’s kind of hard seeing some people in their conditions and knowing they’re scared to get out, but it’s also a blessing to be able to go to them and bring items they need," she said.
Although the San Angelo Support Group doesn't usually accept monetary donations, Carpenter said because of current circumstances, they will be accepting monetary help, but would prefer donations of items such as paper towels, cleaning supplies, and canned foods.
For more information, go to the San Angelo Support Group's Facebook page.