In northern Maine, a 22-year-old woman named Hannah Lucas is helping her senior neighbors during the global pandemic. Hannah, who is an entrepreneur, is using her dog sled team to help deliver groceries to the seniors in her rural community.
She is employed at Circle-K, a convenience store located in Caribou, Maine.
When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Hannah noticed the older members of her neighborhood were coming to her Circle-K to buy whatever necessities they needed. She then got the idea of how she could help them.
Hannah said she knew she could help minimize health risks using her team of sled dogs. She posted on a local Maine Facebook group, announcing her availability to deliver groceries to her community. Hannah runs the Northlane Siberian Huskies and Seppala Siberian Sled Dog Team in Caribou. She knew she could use the same trail system she uses for training also to do grocery runs.
Hannah announced she would do grocery runs and have customers meet her at whichever trailhead was closest to their home. The citizens of Caribou responded in overwhelming numbers, and on Hannah’s first day, she and her dog sled team made two successful deliveries. By the next day, Hannah’s grocery orders had tripled.
She now sends out two dog sled teams daily.
Each dog sled team makes between four to six deliveries per day and travel between 50-75 miles. Hannah said one of the senior couples she helps started to cry when they saw the dog sled team approach with their groceries.
In addition to receiving essential supplies, the community loves seeing the dogs. Hannah said the dogs all love their job and also enjoy interacting with the neighbors.
Her success with her grocery runs during COVID-19 has made the 22-year-old wonder about continuing to offer the service after the pandemic is over. She now plans to extend her dog sled grocery service next winter when snow covers the ground once again.
Credits: Hannah Lucas Facebook