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Towing firm drivers deliver food to shut-ins during coronavirus outbreak


With business down but calls to help the needy up, Early Walker, owner of W&W Towing in Dixmoor, kept his drivers working by delivering care packages to elderly or disabled shut-ins on Chicago’s South Side.


Like many businesses, W & W Towing in Dixmoor has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak that has the state — with 3,026 confirmed cases as of Friday afternoon — under a strict stay-at-home order.


“I’ve pretty much been forced to cut pay for my drivers. I can’t shut down, because our primary business is municipal, and we don’t know when something could happen,” said Early Walker, 35, of Country Club Hills, owner of the seven-year-old firm.


Meanwhile, he’d “been finding busywork for them to do, to keep them working,” he said.


At the same time, Walker, known by some on social media as “Chicago’s Secret Angel,” was moved by stories of rising food insecurity among the poor and elderly during the COVID-19 crisis, and was seeking a way to help.


That’s when Walker came up with the idea for a “Senior Relief Project.”


On Tuesday, he and his drivers began delivering care packages of food to shut-in, low-income elderly or disabled people throughout the South Side. They’re taking referrals for those in need at 1-844-485-4529; they can serve up to 200 seniors a week for the next month. Want to help? Call the same number.


“We vet, then enroll the seniors. We call them before we arrive. And we practice social distancing,” said Walker. “A lot of them say, ‘Leave it on the steps.’ And when we walk away, they’ll get it.”


His social media moniker has been an umbrella for what he terms a longstanding spiritual calling to promote random acts of kindness.



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