Woman, 22, enlists her Siberian sled dog team to deliver groceries to elderly people in rural Maine amid the coronavirus pandemic
- Hannah Lucas moved from Virginia to Maine two years ago to pursue her love of racing Siberian huskies
- The Circle K receptionist in Caribou noticed that the elderly were taking trips to run errands and were eager to help
- She delivers four to six deliveries a day after receiving phone calls with orders
- Together with her partner and roommate, groceries take about 75 miles a day
- “I just wanted to help them get out of the house as little as possible during this time of a pandemic,” said Lucas
A woman in Maine delivered groceries to the vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic by taking her dog sled to the grocery store and dropping bags at neighbors.
Hannah Lucas is a clerk at Circle K in Caribou and moved there from Virginia two years ago to pursue her love of racing Siberian huskies.
Now, instead of carrying 300 pounds in sandbags during training, the 14 dogs drag purchases to help those in need during times of strict social distance measures.
“I just noticed that there were a lot of people, especially the elderly, who came to buy milk or eggs or fruit that we have here,” Lucas told Maine Public Radio. “And I just wanted to help them get out of the house as little as possible during this time of a pandemic.”
Hannah Lucas delivers four to six deliveries a day after receiving a phone call with orders for her elderly neighbors
Hannah Lucas moved from Virginia to Maine two years ago to pursue her love of racing Siberian Huskies C. “I just noticed there were a lot of people, especially the elderly, who came to buy milk or eggs, or fruit that we got here,” Lucas told Maine Public Radio
Lucas, 22, made four to six deliveries a day after being approached by phone with orders.
The musher buys all the groceries for multiple households at once, so they only have to go to the store once and then call the customer as soon as they are near the property.
Lucas looks at a distance while viewing the order of collection and has a short conversation with the customer. Meanwhile, her handlers – her fiancé David and her roommate, Wyatt – are watching the huskies.
They bring the groceries about 75 miles a day.
Lucas runs the Northlane Siberian Huskies and Seppala Siberian Sled Dog Team and a Siberian Huskies kennel. She takes the dogs to supermarkets and pharmacy runs in groups of six.
She continues the initiative as long as there is snow and expects it to last until the end of April.
The musher buys all groceries for multiple households at once, so they only have to go to the Circle K store once
Together with her partner and roommate, groceries take about 75 miles a day
“And the dogs are very excited and love to bark and shout and stuff because of new people,” said Lucas
Lucas added, “I’m thinking about my grandparents who are in their seventies and I don’t want anyone to get hurt. So all I can do to help I will do. ‘
In Maine, there were 470 confirmed cases and 10 deaths as of Monday afternoon.
Although Caribou has not been seriously affected, delivery services are struggling to get around in the snow.
In addition to helping with their groceries, Lucas’ customers are all very excited to see the dogs.
“And the dogs are very excited and love to bark and shout and so on because of new people,” Lucas added.
She said she wanted nothing more from the initiative than ending the pandemic.
“I don’t want this to get worse than it already is, so people can actually stay at home and not go out, get in touch with more people,” she explained.
The dogs go out at least four times a day to get things from the pharmacy or other shops
The dogs are used to carrying 300 pounds, but they carry groceries until the end of April