With many college students planning on spending Thanksgiving away from their family this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, one professor at the University of Iowa offered to make and deliver Thanksgiving meals to those who need it.

Last week, Dr. Elizabeth Pearce, a communications professor at the University of Iowa, told her students in an email that she will make extra portions of her Thanksgiving dinner and drop it off for them if they need a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal this year.

"I know this has been a difficult time for a lot of you," Pearce wrote in her email, which has been shared on Twitter by one of her students. "I don't want anyone to feel alone at Thanksgiving, or to miss out on a home-cooked family dinner."

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She even told her students that she'd be willing to drop off up to three meals if any of her students had roommates or a significant other.

Since Pearce's student shared her email online, Pearce's kind gesture has gone viral, reaching nearly a million people online.

"I think this just touched people. Not because it's a big gesture or anything great, but just because it was just a little ray of sunshine in kind of a dark time," Pearce told "Good Morning America."