(TMU) — A sweet beer-loving senior citizen who went viral around the world for her straightforward sign requesting more cold ones, has been given just what she asked for.
Like many of us, 93-year-old Olive Veronesi of Seminole, Pennsylvania has been stuck indoors at her home due to her state’s stay at home order to help curb the coronavirus.
And with so much time being stuck at home, Olive ran into a problem that many of us can surely empathize with: she depleted her supply of beer.
Hoping to resolve the intolerable situation, Olive reached for a miniature whiteboard and wrote a message on it appealing to the public for urgent help. The message read:
“I NEED MORE BEER!!”
One of Olive’s relatives then took a now-iconic photo of her grinning while holding the sign and a can of Coors Light beer.
It wasn’t too long after the picture began trending across social media—with over 5 million people sharing the image—that the Molson Coors brewing company took notice of Olive’s SOS signal.
TOO FUNNY: ♥️🍺 93-year old Olive Veronesi from Seminole, PA is doing her part to stay home and stay safe, and she’s sending this message to her neighbors and to her daughter. pic.twitter.com/oQlKITF6a9
— KDKA (@KDKA) April 10, 2020
A Molson Coors spokesperson told CNN:
“When we saw Olive’s message, we knew we had to jump at the chance to not only connect with someone who brought a smile to our faces during this pandemic, but also gave us a special opportunity to say thanks for being a Coors Light fan.
Even in the pre-COVID era, we would’ve been thrilled to fulfill Olive’s request.
But in this moment, during these unusual times, bringing a little bit of joy to someone’s day is the least we can do.”
The company decided to give our nonagenarian protagonist a few cases—or 150 cans—of beer.
As soon as the delivery of 10 cases arrived, Olive quickly cracked one of those bad boys open and chugged it down.
Molson Coors showed up at 93-year-old Olive Veronesi’s home today with a special delivery: 10 cases of Coors Light! https://t.co/yeNmvRtyYP
— WNDU (@WNDU) April 13, 2020
Olive told KDKA:
“I was on my last 12 cans, I have a beer every night, you know what, beer has vitamins in it, it’s good for you, as long as you don’t overdo it.”
For Olive, whose age puts her squarely in the demographic of people facing a high risk due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, she was only trying to be responsible by staying indoors. But the last thing she expected was for the photo of her to go so viral.
With most people in the United States stuck indoors sheltering at home and social distancing, it makes sense that many among us are reaching for our favorite drink of choice.
Faced with boredom, stress, and listlessness thanks to unemployment or reduced workflow, our social lives grinding to a halt, and the need to simply cool off, many across the U.S. are drinking their way through the coronavirus crisis in manner that has concerned public health experts.
And while Olive is right about the occasional beer’s proven health benefits, excessive alcohol consumption can absolutely wreck one’s immune system. Whether you’re drinking Coors Light or Corona, boozing it up in excess will roll out the proverbial red carpet to viruses seeking to infect you.
But Olive now has enough beer to last her almost half a year—that is, if she sticks to enjoying just one “Silver Bullet” per day, as she claims she does.
Mountain Top! @CoorsLight generates $3,859,519 of equivalent brand value (so far), from its $125 worth of beer donated to 93-year-old, Olive Veronesi (media exposure from: TV, Radio, Social Media & Digital/Online News) pic.twitter.com/u0MQ2xefGo
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