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U of I students running errands for people at high-risk of COVID-19

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) - Young adults in Iowa City recently formed the group Iowa City Errand-ers to help seniors and people with compromised immune systems stay stocked with essential during the coronavirus outbreak.

"To my grandparents I said, 'Listen, if you need groceries, just tell my mom or my dad and we can get you groceries,'" Allie Stutting said, a senior at the University of Iowa.

Stutting organized the group from a self-quarantine at her home in the Quad Cities, after returning from a trip out of state. She says volunteers have been pouring in to help the cause.

"Within 24 hours we had like 200 responses and now we have just over 400 responses of people who are willing to help," Stutting said.

They plan to run to the grocery store, pharmacy and more for at-risk populations.

The group has been in contact with health officials in Johnson County about best practices for receiving payment and dropping off goods safely during the outbreak and says they'll treat each case differently.

"We can connect them with a volunteer and they can come up with a plan that suits them," Alex Linden said, a fellow organizer.

Stutting says the university moving classes online and canceling her graduation was tough to swallow. But she considers it a privilege to help in this way.

"I think this is such a blessing and such an opportunity, not for me personally, but for our community to come together," Stutting said.

To learn more about the group, visit their website. You can also ask for an errand to be completed here.

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Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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