ARCHBALD, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in the commonwealth so more people are taking precautions.
But people still have to head out for essentials while many use the time to help take care of their communities. One such effort has gone above and beyond expectations.
One look inside Quinn’s Market Shur Save and there’s a feel of normalcy. There’s precautions like masks, social distancing, and the availability for curbside pickup, but life continues in these walls.
In the day and age we live in, grocery stores like this one in Archbald are life-sustaining and therefore open, but not always readily accessible to everyone. Out behind the building, a community effort is helping the less fortunate.
The original plan at Quinn’s was a one day only sale. Churning out fried chicken dinners for a dollar to help those who have found themselves unemployed as well as some people who are being more cautious about going to the grocery store at this time. Once word got out, the demand and donations came pouring in.
“People just came in last night. Someone wrote a check for $75. Someone wrote a check for $50. Someone wrote a check for $25. It’s amazing the response and how people respond,” Quinn’s Market Shur Save co-owner Jeff Krenitsky said.
Quinn’s isn’t taking anything for themselves. Those donations feed those in need and will go back to local first responders.
“This community is real tight, so for them to do something like this and give back to the community in a time of need? It’s something we all appreciate, believe me,” Archbald Hose Company #1 Chief Joe Zegalia said.
Joe Kalinowsky of Throop was simply practicing social distancing and coming in for curbside pickup for his family’s groceries when he saw what was happening.
“It’s really nice that people are doing stuff like this. It’s good to help out everybody in a community and take care of your law enforcement, nurses, doctors and your families as well,” Kalinowsky said.
What originated as a one day only sale has turned into a community fundraiser. Between high demand and all the donations, the chicken dinners will be offered at Quinn’s again this Wednesday.
The store owner is even thinking about continuing with a change in the menu.