Elderly man calls 911 for food because he couldn’t move

Clarence Blackmon
Clarence Blackmon (Courtesy: WTVD)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WKRN) – An elderly man who had just returned home after months in the hospital got hungry but had no food and no one to turn to.

So Clarence Blackmon, 81, of North Carolina, decided to call 911, according to ABC News.

“I’m not broken, I’m not bleeding, and I’m not in crisis. I just want somebody to help me buy some food,” Blackmon said he told the dispatcher.

What the 911 operator did next will steal your heart.

Marilyn Hinson showed up at Blackmon’s door an hour and a half later with a box of groceries filled with his favorite foods.

“He was hungry,” Hinson told ABC affiliate 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.”

She took him a head of cabbage, green beans, pickled beets and Pepsi.

Hinson then stayed and made him a few ham sandwiches.

Blackmon told ABC News he was overwhelmed by the generosity.

He had a stroke about a year and a half ago and said 911 operators saved his life, and now he’s battling cancer. He spent the last 6 months in a rehabilitation center.

Hinson then went one step further and gave Blackmon her phone number and told him to call if he ever needs anything.

“She is such a delightful lady,” Blackmon said. “It’s amazing. Us little people need a helping hand every once in a while. Most of the time, we get overlooked. We’re still here.”

UPDATE: ABC News reported Thursday that donations are pouring in for Blackmon, whose cabinets are now overflowing.

He has been given so much food, he’s actually donating some to local food banks.

“Simply, these are wonderful gifts,” Blackmon said. “If I tried to consume all that’s in my kitchen right now, what’s in my cupboards, it would take me over a year!”

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