Carol Harding

Carol Harding

Shopping service caters to home-bound people

New initiative will provide groceries for shut-ins in Sooke

Carol Harding is a woman about town who is known for her plethora of community-minded activities. As if she doesn’t have enough to do, she has started what she hopes will become a tremendous success — a grocery shopping service.

“The whole idea came from CHI and the District of Sooke,” said Harding. “Originally I think it came from the doctors’ office when they asked a senior the question, “What can we do to keep you safe and happy in your own home?”

Later at a gathering where a lot of seniors happened to be, the question was raised once again and the one thing they came away with was, yes, they needed a shopping service.

Harding and Judy Planes went to see Buz Merriam, the general manager at Western Foods and he agreed this was a good idea. Western already has a delivery service, Monday to Friday, and the addition of shopping would add to the services they have been providing to people in Sooke over the last 20 years.

“I think it’s something we need in the community,” said Buz Merriam. “The seniors requested someone do this for them and since we have seniors’ day, we would be a good fit for them. I hope it goes well and people use it.”

The shopping will be done by Harding and Planes and they will deliver the groceries to the client in their own vehicles. A $5 charge will offset the cost of gas.

The service is available to those who are shut-in and cannot easily get out and shop for themselves. It is open to anyone of any age that is house bound.

Starting March 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. and every Thursday after, the “client” will call the telephone line at Western, (250-642-6525), and give Harding or Planes their grocery order.

“One of us will answer and we will need to know exactly what you want,” said Harding.

She said the person ordering needs to know the brand and size as well of  quantity of everything they  order.  They need to be specific, she said. Do they want butter, if so, what brand, and is it butter or margarine?

While one of them is on the phone the other will be shopping and as it is Thursday the customer will get the 10 per debt discount for seniors. This, said Harding, can offset the $5 cost for delivery of the groceries. The shoppers will have a float and they will be reimbursed when the groceries are delivered. They cannot process credit or debit cards. All of the money raised with the delivery charge will go to a local charity.

“I hope we can get it going,” said Harding. “It is something that is needed, even for people who are sick.”

If all goes as hoped, Harding foresees the need for another volunteer.

“It’s a Sookie thing to do, isn’t it?” said Harding.

Just Posted

Red arrow shows the existing warehouse that is home to a variety of specialized equipment used by the Capital Region Emergency Services Telecommunications (CREST). The service provider is looking for a new home that will protect the equipment in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster. (Google Maps)
CREST telecoms look to find a post-seismic facility in Greater Victoria

The move will better protect equipment vital to its 50 emergency service clients across the CRD

(Black Press Media file photo)
FRESH AND LOCAL: Greater Victoria farm markets ready to greet shoppers

A list of markets on the go this spring and summer, right into fall

A client and a staff member embark on an art project at Oak Bay United Church. (Christine van Reewyk/News Staff)
VIDEO: Oak Bay group of adults with developmental disabilities promotes community inclusivity

Victoria Community Connections moved to Oak Bay late last year

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

Graeme Wright is the owner of Hullabaloo, a new ice cream and coffee food truck serving patrons at the Red Barn on West Saanich. (Photo by Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff).
VIDEO: Cool treats, warm bevvies a specialty for new Saanich food truck

Hullabaloo owner Graeme Wright passionate about blending green space with sustainability

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Condolences pour in for Kathy Richardson, Naramata’s 3rd homicide victim in recent weeks

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
More than 75% of B.C. adults have 1st dose of COVID vaccine

The federal government has confirmed a boost in the Moderna vaccine will be coming later this month

Airport ground crew offload a plane carrying just under 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which is developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
1st batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines won’t be released in Canada over quality concerns

The vaccines were quarantined in April before they were distributed to provinces

Terry Mazzei next to a truck after it was struck by lightning, with him inside, on Wednesday afternoon, June 9. He walked away from the incident without injury and the truck sustained only mild damage; a blown front tire and newly broken gas gauge. (Wendy Mazzei photo)
Vancouver Island man walks away unscathed after lightning strike

VIDEO: ‘We like to think that his dad was watching over him’

The rainbow flag flies beside the Canadian flag outside the University of the Fraser Valley’s Chilliwack campus on June 26, 2020. Monday, June 14, 2021 is Flag Day, and also June is Pride Month. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 13 to 19

Flag Day, Garbage Man Day, International Panic Day all coming up this week

The courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo man, already in jail, found guilty of sexual abuse of sons

Man previously sentenced for sexual interference involving girl in Nanaimo

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Forty sled dogs were seized by the BC SPCA from a Salmo kennel in February. A recent ruling has decided the dogs won’t be returned. Photo: Gounsil/Flickr
BC Farm Industry Review Board rules against Salmo kennel after 40 sled dogs seized

Spirit of the North Kennels was also ordered to pay BC SPCA $64,000

Most Read