Social-media sites are coming to the aid of those in Gahanna who need a roll of toilet paper, a can of soup or an encouraging word.

In the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Gahanna residents are offering such things -- for free -- by posting on social media sites such as Unite Gahanna on Facebook.

Taylr Pierce, who resides at 292 Cadbury Drive, said she would continue to set up a table at 7:30 a.m. daily at her house, providing such goods as soups, muffins, pancake mix, syrup, boxes of pasta, crackers, chips and applesauce.

"I work at a day care in Gahanna, Academy One," she said. "I was a single mom years ago and can't imagine going through this pandemic with me and my son, being out of work and wondering how I will do it."

She said her employer temporarily has closed due to the coronavirus, and she felt as though there must be something she could do to help those in need in the community.

Pierce said she's thankful to have a large support system and someone who is there for her and her children.

She said her son, Braxton Harmon, 6, came up with the idea to help others, and she set it in motion.

"He wanted to help people who aren't working and need food, so we went through our pantry," Pierce said. "I found a lot of items that we wouldn't use or have an abundance of."

After initially setting up the table with free items and restocking it daily, neighbors started contributing to the table.

"It has been a hit, and we love that neighbors are dropping off items each day," Pierce said. "I just want to be able to help those in need or those who aren't able to make it to the store."

A post by Kyle Seymour on Unite Gahanna on March 22 showed a table of free single rolls of toilet paper in front of a Ridenour Road residence.

"I'm a small-business owner and there's a lot of need -- and greed," Seymour said. "We took what extra we had ... and put it on the table. There were so many posts about people not having TP in our neighborhood."

He said the free tissue lasted all day.

"People who came took a couple rolls each," Seymour said. "At the end of the day, a retired pastor came and asked to take a roll, and I said to take the rest.

"The people who did come were courteous. They didn't try to hoard it. They would wave and honk and be on their way."

Seymour said people arrived by car and foot.

"People would walk by and take a picture," he said. "It was comical and uplifting."

Jessica Cherry Wybensinger thanked Seymour for the gesture.

"You just helped my older neighbor who's been struggling to find some at the store," she wrote.

"This post and act of kindness just made my night," wrote Jennifer Wilson. "Thanks for spreading good (and TP)."

It's not free products but words of encouragement being offered up on a video posted by the Rev. David Jansen of CenterPoint Church, 620 McCutcheon Road, on Unite Gahanna.

"I want to come alongside you as the Gahanna community and just encourage you and support you and spur us all on to love and good deeds," he said.

On March 23, Jansen said, he gave what he called a "booster shot" to lift Gahanna residents' spirits.

"No. 1: love God; love people," he said.

"The Bible says love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself."

Jansen said he's encouraging residents to love somebody else.

"Pick up the phone and call someone, write an old-fashioned letter, use social media. But whatever you do, make this an opportunity to be real intentional about demonstrating love to someone who really needs to hear it in the midst of this really depressing time. That's your booster shot."

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