North Carolina 911 Operator Marilyn Hinson knows what it’s like not have enough groceries in your fridge.
So when 81-year-old Clarence Blackmon called 911 looking for someone to bring him some food, he got the right operator on the phone. He is a widower with no family in the area and is dying of cancer. He’d just gotten back from the hospital and had no food, nor a way to buy any on his own, the Huffington Post reported.
“He was hungry,” she told WTVD. “I’ve been hungry. A lot of people can’t say that, but I can, and I can’t stand for anyone to be hungry.”
Usually, a 911 operator doesn’t make home visits. But her supervisor, Lisa Reid, knew if Hinson didn’t obtain approval to deliver the much-needed groceries, she would’ve done it on her own time.
“She has a heart of gold. She’s always helping (others) and we didn’t want her to go by herself. We didn’t know what she would be walking into — if it was a hoax or something — so we had police officers escort her.”
Clarence’s list of groceries was specific, but not long, Reid noted, “[A] head of cabbage, tomato juice, popcorn, cans of beans and beets, an avocado and some Pepsi. He said, ‘I don’t want no diet, I want Pepsi in the bottle.'”
The compassionate 911 operator went to the grocery store, picked up Blackmon’s items, and delivered the groceries to his house with a police escort. And she learned that the call wasn’t a hoax at all: Waiting for her was a very grateful elderly man, barely 115 pounds and recovering from months of cancer treatment, People added. He called her gesture a miracle.
“I need to eat something … I can’t do anything. I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my damn chair. I thought maybe (they) could help me. I … had an empty refrigerator. The grocery store wouldn’t deliver without a deposit and I couldn’t make it there.”
And Marilyn went one step further: She made a ham sandwich that he called a “feast,” then a few more for later.
“It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear,” he exclaimed. “I thought, ‘Jesus, you answered those prayers!'”
He will have a home health nurse soon to check on him, but sadly, doctors recently said he has maybe six months to live. Life has been difficult for him since his wife passed away; he told the Post that their pensions barely covered the mortgage and a slew of bills.
“Life is unpredictable and unfortunately it doesn’t get easier as we get older …Thank God for good people who can help (others) in need.”
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