When This High School Student Lost Her Part-Time Jobs, She Started Helping Others

Alex Cannon of Bedford, New Hampshire was a high school senior holding down two part-time jobs. Then came the outbreak. First, Alexa’s pet-sitting business fizzled because who needs a pet-sitter when no one is leaving the house? And then, when all events were canceled, her job doing events for a local radio station fizzled as well.

Without her jobs, Alexa was simply trying to finish up her senior year of high school and earn some extra funds for college.

This high school senior is shopping for those who can’t. (photo via Alexa Cannon)

Then, Alexa got an idea from something she saw her parents do. They helped purchase and deliver cleaning supplies to someone who was house-bound and couldn’t get out. Alexa realized that she could help others by shopping for them and delivering their groceries.

So now, Alexa spends her free time shopping for people who aren’t able to do so. She shops for folks who can’t go out because they or a loved one are in the high risk category. She does the shopping and deliveries for free, with her brother, Spencer, helping her deliver the groceries. 

Although her service is free, Alexa does accept tips. She keeps half of those tips and has committed to giving the other half to charity. Her mom tells us that, “People have been very very generous and so far, Alexa has raised $300 for local charities including an animal rescue the local food bank and a meals for frontline workers program.”

“It’s a stressful situation for everybody and if I can go grocery shop for someone and take one thing off their list, that’s awesome,” Cannon told the WMUR9 who selected her as a Hometown Hero.

Her mom, Jennifer calls this a win/win telling Grown and Flown Parents that

It has been so great for her…and for the people she has delivered to…. Alexa has totally come out of her shell, the story was picked up for the news and although she has lost prom and graduation and God knows what’s going to happen in the fall, she’s really found her way and brought her brother on board. Silver linings!!

Cannon plans to attend Unity College in Maine next year where she hopes to study captive wildlife care and education. We wish her well.

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About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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