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DriveWise offering free delivery service to city's vulnerable seniors

'We are hoping to make life a little less scary for them,' said DriveWise Barrie owner of service that started Monday

Since 2004, DriveWise Barrie has been taking care of people on the road, but these days they are making sure some of the vulnerable citizens in the city can be safe at home as well.

Owner Lesley De Repentigny told BarrieToday they are offering free delivery of groceries and prescriptions to assist the elderly who may be fearful over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So many people are out there and either unable to leave their home or just simply afraid. They shouldn't have to go without and we are hoping to make life a little less scary for them,” said De Repentigny.

The idea came to her when she was reading online about some college kids who were making care packages for senior. She knew that she had to be part of the solution.

“Being online doesn’t always show the best side of people, but when it does it is a great thing,” said De Repentigny. “If it is used correctly through this next little while, we can all pitch in and help each other.”

The program will see groceries or medicine delivered to the people who order them online. The items will be delivered to the person’s door, free of charge.

“They don’t even have to open the door if they don’t want to,” said De Repentigny. “We’ll knock or text and can leave them on the porch if they don’t want any human contact. There will be no charge, we just want to help.”

De Repentigny has her staff, some friends and members of her Barrie Huronia Rotary Club to help deliver the packages. 

“Everyone has jumped in to help, we may be able to get six or seven cars out at a time if need be,” said De Repentigny.

If they know how to order online, people should call the office and ask for a pick up time before ordering. There, provide DriveWise with your name, address and phone number.

If you do not know how to order online, DriveWise will assist. For that service, call 705-730-1130.

Shawn Gibson

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Shawn Gibson is a staff writer based in Barrie
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