Volunteer grocery shoppers helping to limit COVID-19 exposure for high-risk groups


FOREST, Va. (WFXR) — Two women are organizing dozens of volunteers in Lynchburg and surrounding counties to go grocery shopping for people most at risk of falling seriously ill from COVID-19, including pregnant people, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems.

Organizer Nikki Kendal of Goode said she got the idea because her elderly parents are in Florida and have nobody to help them get groceries. She said she wanted to do her part to help people in our area during this difficult time.

“We just want to be a friend,” said Kendal. “We just want to help people who are afraid right now, and we don’t know how long this is going to continue, but we have many many people in the Lynchburg community who want to assist and help these folks.”

Kendal went shopping on Monday for Forest resident Ruth Martin, who is in a high risk category and appreciated the help.

“It felt really good,” said Martin, “because I don’t want to be around anybody because of the fear of catching anything, and I’ve already been hospitalized enough. I don’t want to catch anything else. And with it being that I have had lung issues a lot, it’s extremely dangerous for me.”

The volunteers are not associated with any nonprofit or particular grocery store, but are calling themselves Lynchburg Helping Hands.

If you or a loved one need help getting groceries and want to limit your exposure, you can call 434-515-0560 or email

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