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North Park woman buys grocery gift cards for neighbors who lost work

Posted at 3:40 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 20:01:42-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A North Park woman's attempt to help out neighbors who have lost work quickly grew into something bigger.

When realtor Eleanor Jacobs recently sent out hundreds of marketing texts to possible clients, the response she got was a gut punch.

"It was overwhelming. It was overwhelming," said Jacobs.

She received message after message from people had lost their jobs, some barely staying afloat. She decided she had to act.

"I love my community of North Park ... I wanted to do something close to home," said Jacobs.

She decided to post on the Nextdoor site an offer to give $50 grocery gift cards to ten neighbors who have been furloughed or lost jobs.

"Between the number of people needing help and the number of people offering help, I just started to cry. It's a tough world, but there is a lot of people who if they don't have a lot are willing to offer it to somebody else," said Jacobs.

Her pool of money to give away has grown to some $1,700. She's planning to help several dozen neighbors, and hopes others across the county will be moved to give to their own neighbors.

"My dad used to say that anybody can be nice when things are going well, but when things are tough, you can see what a person is made of. We're just seeing there are a lot of people in our community made of really good stuff," said Jacobs.

Anyone who wants to donate to Jacobs' giving campaign can contact her at