Donations Pour In For N.C. Man Who Called 911 For Groceries

| by Jared Keever
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A Fayetteville, North Carolina, man, who made headlines earlier this week when he called 911 to ask someone to bring him groceries, now says he has received so much help that he wants to help others. 

ABC News reports that so many people have turned up to donate food to 81-year-old Clarence Blackmon of Fayetteville, North Carolina, that he is now planning on giving some of the groceries to a food bank so it can be given to others in need. 

“They keep bringing it in by the armloads,” he told ABC News recently. “My cupboards are full. I've never had such prosperity.”

WTVD News reported Wednesday that Blackmon had called 911 upon returning home from an extended hospital stay. The elderly cancer patient didn’t have any groceries in his house and didn’t have any relatives nearby to go shopping for him.

"I can't do anything. I can't go anywhere. I can't get out of my damn chair," he told 911 operator, Marilyn Hinson, during the call. 

Hinson said he had a list of simple items and she wanted to help him. 

"He was hungry," Hinson told WTVD at the time. "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.”

The operator's supervisor gave her permission to go shopping for the elderly man and with the help of local police officers, Hinson delivered the groceries Blackmon’s home. She even reportedly made him a ham sandwich before she left.

WTVD ran the story and told viewers they could also help the man by contacting the local police department. 

Now, Blackmon says, he has more food than ever before. 

"Simply, these are wonderful gifts," he 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.”

Sources: ABC News, WTVD News, Daily Mail

Photo Credit: Daily Mail