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70-year-old begs for help after grocery deliveries stop: 'It's very hard'

Posted July 13

— Shirley Mitchell has lived in Richmond's Hillside Court public housing complex for 18 years.

The 70-year-old, who receives assistance through Senior Connections, is upset that she can no longer receive groceries delivered to her home.

The non-profit agency offers home and community-based services for older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities in the Richmond and the surrounding counties.

"I suffer from chronic back pain and two bad knees right, so it's very hard for me to move around to do anything," Mitchell said.

Mitchell said Senior Connections has been delivering groceries to her for five years, but stopped about a month ago.

"The man who usually deliver my groceries to me got sick," Mitchell explained.

But Mitchell said the group also expressed concern over the safety of her neighborhood.

"Where I've been living, it's been quiet," Mitchell said. "I mean there's nowhere [that is] safe… I felt insulted."

?That's when Mitchell called the CBS 6 Problem Solvers.

After CBS 6 reporter Sandra Jones reached out to Senior Connections, Mitchell received a bag of groceries.

Mitchell was elated about the delivery.

"I thank ya'll for getting involved in helping me. At least he bought me something," Mitchell said. "And I had to call you. I didn't have no choice."

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