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In the fall of 2018, Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, announced their plans to open The Store, “A Non-Profit Free Grocery Store for Individuals and Families Seeking Self-Sufficiency.” Work on the building began some time ago, but it still wasn’t ready to open at the start of this year.
However, changing times and changing needs pushed Brad, Kimberly, and The Store’s volunteers to open the facility early.
In light of the recent Tennessee tornados and the current COVID-19 outbreak, The Store opened early in order to provide immediate assistance to those in need.
Brad and Kimberly announced The Store’s early opening in a video on social media:
“Due to the hard work of many dedicated volunteers, partners and donors, The Store has been able to open earlier than anticipated,” Kimberly said in her post’s caption. “We can now serve the needs of the community beyond the initial scope of our original mission.”
Now, just a few days after making that announcement, Brad and Kimberly have worked to expand The Store’s services even further in order to help the senior citizens in the area.
In a video, Brad announced that The Store is now running a free grocery delivery service for the elderly members of their community. Since the elderly are in the most “at risk” group where COVID-19 is concerned, they are extremely vulnerable in public situations.
“They don’t need to be out,” Brad said in his video message.
But of course, people still need groceries. So Brad says The Store will now deliver a free week’s worth of groceries to senior citizens who sign up on the delivery list.
In addition, the physical Store is open on certain dates for people to obtain their groceries. The Store will also offer assistance to those who have been recently unemployed due to the closures surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Let’s get through this,” Brad said in his message. You can watch the full video below.
Hats off to Brad, Kimberly, and all of the volunteers at The Store for stepping up to help their community during this trying time.
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