“Us little people need a helping hand every once in a while. Most of the time, we get overlooked. We’re still here.” – Clarence Blackmon
Marilyn Hinson, an operator from 911 must have gotten one heartbreaking call on Tuesday, May 12, when an 81-year old cancer stricken grandpa called to ask if anyone can buy him some food.
“I need to eat something. Whatever you can do to help. I can’t do anything. I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my damn chair”, said Clarence Blackmon to the operator after coming home to an empty cupboard. Blackmon spent months in the hospital for his treatments and therapy. He had no immediate family to assist him.
A Heartwarming Gesture
“A cabbage head, some cans of beans and beets, some popcorn, tomato juice and softdrinks.”
Hinson, with the help of Fayetteville police, rang Blackmon’s door and personally delivered his requested groceries. And to top it off, she even prepared ham sandwiches for him to chow down, and a couple more for the next day. The thoughtful gesture touched the veteran grandpa and called the event a blessing.
“Jesus, You answered those prayers“, he said.
One Little Good Deed Goes A Long Way
24 hours after that call, help came pouring in. Blackmon keeps getting calls from random people offering help and basically asking what food he wanted for the day.”I even ordered roasted chicken,” he recalled.
Help overwhelmingly came for his aid, and a Department of Social Services (DSS) social worker is now looking after his well-being. And the extra donations? Blackmon said it will go to Salvation Army to help others.