To help ease the stress imposed on the community during the COVID-19 pandemic – particularly for the elderly and immune compromised – Mount Shasta Supermarket and Dunsmuir Supermarket owner Keith Cool is hammering out details to offer home deliveries in both towns.

Also jumping into action is Ramshaw’s Ace Hardware in Mount Shasta, which is beginning curbside delivery for those who want to avoid crowds and possibly infected areas.

In addition, Dollar General in Weed and Dunsmuir announced on Monday that they’re requesting younger shoppers reserve the first hour of each day for senior shoppers who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.

These services complement curbside programs already in place at Walmart and Raley’s in Yreka, which provide shoppers an alternative way to get what they need without entering high trafficked areas.

“We want to help ease the impact on our communities,” said Cool, who is working in Dunsmuir with the St. Barnabas Church, which has volunteered to do the actual deliveries. He added the service will most likely be reserved for those who are quarantined due to age or health.

Cool noted on Tuesday that his shelves were empty of some cleaning products and all toilet paper, but he expected “another big shipment” on Wednesday.

Dollar General said their stores want to provide at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods

“Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window,” the company said in a press release. In addition, Dollar General stores will close an hour earlier to allow employees to adequately lean and restock their shelves.

Ramshaw’s owner Bill Ramshaw sent out a message on Facebook informing customers interested in taking advantage of their curbside service to shop at acehardware.com or call the shop to have orders placed at (530) 926-3482. Ramshaw said deliveries would go out to customers’ homes or be available curbside outside the store.

Shoppers can call the store, shop over the phone and pick up and pay right from their car, Ramshaw explained. The website inventory reflects actual quantities at the store, but Ramshaw warned customers about runs on certain products.

“We are out of toilet paper, gloves, and hand sanitizer,” Ramshaw said. He expects that warehouse deliveries will replenish supplies later this week.

“We ordered extra gloves and paper towels,” he said.

In Yreka, shoppers at Raley’s and Walmart have the option of shopping online through their aps and requesting curbside service. Customers can choose a window during which to pick up their orders at designated parking spots outside the store.

Raley’s urges customers to be aware of the increased demands and bear with the store as they place limits on purchase of certain items. Visit shop.raleys.com to order.

Rays in Mount Shasta and Weed are business as usual, although limits on the purchase of some products may soon be put into effect, especially for items like toilet paper and cleaning products.