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Volunteers in Lee County neighborhood look after vulnerable neighbors

A group of people in one Lee County neighborhood are making sure their most vulnerable neighbors have everything they need during the pandemic.

Judy Smith calls Judy Shew her guardian angel.

“She makes sure I get up in the morning and going to sleep at night,” Smith said.

As health concerns over the coronavirus grew, Shew knew neighbors like Smith wouldn’t be able to leave their homes, so she started a volunteer group that helps more than 20 people in the Iona area.

“If I have a problem, I got a sign that says get me something,” Smith said.

Each person has a set of signs for their window to let volunteers know if they’re OK or if they need something.

“Every day, we have them post by 9 a.m. and then they take down the sign at four,” Shew said.

When it’s grocery time, volunteers pick up the person’s list and credit card, then hit the road.

While Shew admits she was nervous about finding helpers, it was no surprise when her neighbors rose to the occasion.

“I know this park; they stand up. This park is just unbelievable,” Shew said.

They deliver more than just groceries.

“Usually I’m home by this time. I really am getting homesick, so Judy is such a smiley face. Makes me happy,” Smith said.

Reporter:Allison Gormly
Writer:Jackie Winchester
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