Newspaper delivery man got groceries for seniors over 900 times during pandemic

A man who has delivered newspapers to the same New Jersey community for 25 years has added grocery orders to his route.

Greg Dailey, 50, received a call in March from one of the many elderly residents of East Windsor, asking if he could bring the paper closer to to the ailing woman’s door.

The self-proclaimed “shy guy” was more than prepared to oblige. A few days later, during a personal run to ShopRite, he called her back.

“My thought process was that if she’s struggling to get the newspaper from the sidewalk, how is she getting anything else done?” he told Insider. Dailey then offered to bring groceries to the 88-year-old woman, as well as to a friend across the street.

Soon, one favor quickly grew into a community volunteer network.

Dailey, who also runs a framing shop that was closed due to the pandemic, decided that he had time after his newspaper-delivery shift ends at 7 a.m. to go to the supermarket, then retrace his delivery route with the goods. To spread the word, he stuffed flyers into the newspapers of his 450 customers.

They read, according to, “My name is Greg Dailey and I deliver your newspaper every morning. I understand during these trying times it is difficult for some to get out of their house to get everyday necessities. I would like to offer my services free of charge to anyone who needs groceries, household products, etc. I will be shopping at ShopRite and McCaffrey’s and can deliver the goods directly to your front door.”

Greg Dailey is delivering groceries to seniorsCourtesy Greg DaileyGreg Dailey is delivering groceries to seniorsCourtesy Greg Dailey

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