My wife wants to buy extra toilet paper and dried pasta to give to the elderly residents on our street if they need it. Should we do it or are we part of the problem?
The coronavirus outbreak2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程 has proven a difficult time for many but in particular the elderly and vulnerable who have been strongly encouraged to stay indoors. Wanting to help in some small way is a lovely idea and it is clear your wife's heart is in the right place.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Whether the result of an action justifies the means has been keeping philosophers and ethicists busy for centuries. Some will say that buying more than you need is okay as it is for a good cause. Elderly residents shouldn’t be attending supermarkets for risk of catching the disease and therefore are unable to buy their own necessities.
2020欧洲杯小组赛赛程Many of them would welcome a neighbour who could provide a care package of essentials when needed.
However, others would point out that your actions could leave other shoppers unable to find the items they need. Many of these shoppers could be NHS staff finishing a shift, parents with young children or vulnerable people who have ventured out of the house – just to find empty shelves.
One lady in my local supermarket last week was in tears as other shoppers, unable to find pasta, had bought all of the gluten-free alternative. Her daughter had a severe intolerance and was highly restricted in what she could eat. Imagine if someone else had bags of gluten-free pasta sitting in their home untouched, in case of a neighbour's emergency.
While it is brilliant that you want to help, perhaps post a note and with your phone number through your neighbours' doors asking if they need anything specific. This would give you a better steer on what is actually required and could give a lonely person something much more valuable – companionship.
If no one replies, save your money or give it to any number of wonderful charities helping people in this dark time.
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