Fairfield boy offers to shop for, talk on phone with neighborhood seniors during COVID-19 outbreak

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An 8-year-old boy from Fairfield is letting senior citizens in his neighborhood know they're not alone during this time. Finn O'Connor is leaving notes in their mailboxes that offer to go shopping for them, mail their letters, or just talk on the phone.

"I just wanted to help because the coronavirus is bad, very bad," Finn explained.   

Neighbor Marilyn Walsh, 79, got one of those notes. "It said, 'Hello, my name is Finn' and things he could do," Marilyn said. "I saved it. I just thought it was the neatest thing. Actually it choked me up the first day I got that." 

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Walsh has chronic pulmonary artery disease so she's part of the population most vulnerable and is trying to stay at home. 

"I figure I'm one of the people who if i got this virus, maybe wouldn't make it," she said.

Finn's dad came up with the idea but said his son ran with it, which wasn't surprising. Finn and his older sister, Phoebe, recently shaved their heads for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. 

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"One thing about my kids that I'm super proud of is they're always willing to help other people," Dylan O'Connor told News 12.

In Walsh's case, that's meant bringing her eggs and cream for her coffee.

"I said to his mom, 'I need to give Finn a big hug.' And I know I can't give it to him now, but I want to give that little boy a big hug for what he did."  

Walsh knows she'll get to eventually. Theirs is a friendship born out of social distancing, but one that will continue long after. 

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