THE DEFENSE REPORT
CELEBRATING THE INSPIRATIONAL DADS OF OUR TIME
NEWSPAPER DELIVERY MAN PROVIDES FREE GROCERY DELIVERY TO SENIORS Hundreds of people found an extra note in their newspaper one morning, with an offer to deliver their groceries for free. It began: “I hope this note finds you well. My name is Greg Dailey, and I deliver your newspaper every morning.” The idea started when Greg Dailey had dropped off a morning newspaper for an older customer. Then, he noticed that the senior didn’t want to walk down the sidewalk to pick up her newspaper. It was the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and he began to think about all of the folks who will be fearful to leave the house, even for necessities. “I was at the grocery store a couple of days later and started thinking about this 88-year-old lady and an idea just popped into my head,” said Dailey, who lives in East Windsor, NJ. “I called her up and said, ‘Hi, this is Greg, your newspaper guy — I’m at the store, do you need anything?’ ” Dailey had been a small business owner and newspaper delivery man for 25 years, waking up at 4 a.m. almost every day to finish his routine of dropping off newspapers to 800 homes. All 800 of those customers, including anyone else in his delivery area, soon received a note in their newspaper that listed available stores Dailey could shop for them, giving a completely free service along with his newspaper delivery.
Balancing work, health, and family-related stress has never been more challenging than right now — that’s why when fathers go the extra mile to support their families and communities, it’s that much more impressive. No matter how tough things get, these American dads don’t let it stop them from focusing on what’s most important in life: compassion for each other. ‘I CAN’T BE WITH YOU, BUT I’M HERE’: HUSBAND HOLDS SIGN OUTSIDE WIFE’S CHEMOTHERAPY Kelly Connor couldn’t bring her husband, Albert Connor, 44, to her next chemotherapy appointment due to the new COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Being a busy father of three, Albert could have stayed home — but he felt that wouldn’t be right. Since his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, he’d been to every doctor’s appointment, every test, and every chemotherapy appointment. Albert told “Good Morning America,” “I didn’t feel right not being a part of it because I had promised her that I would be there every step of the way, and I felt like I would be breaking my word.” On the day of Kelly’s chemotherapy session, Kelly, 40, had thought her husband was at home in Missouri City. She had texted him that she would be fine to go alone and drove herself to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Sugar Land, Texas.
Best of all, Dailey’s whole family is a part of the effort to help their community.
“You can’t have a better feeling knowing these people are really desperate for help and you’re doing something so small, but it’s huge in their lives,” said Erin, Dailey’s daughter. “It’s rewarding to be a part of the relief.” The Dailey family plans to continue the service for however long necessary. Whether it’s a small action for your family or a huge community action, fathers are contributing a lot to the relief efforts in this pandemic. Let’s not forget all the good things people are doing. We can contribute, too. Happy Father’s Day! –Jim Yeargan
Then, she got a text that he was in the parking lot.
Albert was there, holding a sign that read, “I can’t be with you, but I’m here,” including “Love you!” and a thank-you to the hospital staff. Both Albert and their three kids helped make the sign. Kelly describes the moment: “As soon as he texted me, I just kind of lifted up in my chair a little bit to peer out the window and he was just right there. It immediately brought tears to my eyes, and I felt a love for him right then in that moment, that he would do that for me.”
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