'Felt like Christmas': Aussie nurse wakes up to surprise on doorstep

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

An Aussie nurse has shared the surprising grocery haul she found on her doorstep this week, after supermarket shelves were cleared of many essential products thanks to panic buying amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Michelle, who works at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelaide, shared an image on Facebook of the toilet paper, tissues, pasta, rice, and flour she received from a ‘little angel’.

“While I was sleeping before my night duty this week a little Angel left this in a bag on my Porch. It felt like Christmas,” she wrote.

Michelle woke up to find toilet paper, tissues, pasta, rice, and flour at her door. Photo: Facebook

Her post was well received, with plenty of people commending the kind act, and sharing their support for Michelle and other front line workers like her.

“What a wonderful thing to do,” was one comment.

“What a treasure chest,” another wrote.

“That's a billion $ shopping bag right there. Jackpot,” was a third comment.

While a fourth person agreed: “Wow haven’t seen basmati rice for a while.”

Two weeks ago, the mum also shared a public post from her own Facebook page, revealing the hours she has been working amid the health crisis, and urging people to stay home.

“As I finish up my shift tonight I have totalled 60hrs at work in the last 6 days,” she captioned an image of her holding a sign that said “I stayed at work for you. You stay home for us.”

“We need to do all we can to stop the spread of this disease,” she added.

The post was shared over 700 times.

Michelle has been working long hours amid the crisis. Photo: Facebook

Gatherings limited to two people

Following Scott Morrison’s announcement on Sunday night that gatherings indoors and outdoors must be limited to two people, restrictions rolled out at midnight Monday, meaning you are not allowed outside with more than one person or inside with more than one person unless they are a member of your household.

You are allowed to go for a walk as your daily exercise with your family of five, for example, without breaching the restrictions.

However, a person who lives outside of your home would not be allowed to join your group of five on that walk, as is the case for indoors.

Leaving home is also now only allowed for the following essential excursions:

  • To go to work or for education when it is not possible to do so at home

  • To buy essentials you need

  • For medical care or compassionate needs including assisting the vulnerable

  • One form of exercise a day

More info: How is each state enforcing the two-person public gathering rule

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