Elderly Man Who Called 911 For Food Gives Donations Away To Charity

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Jessica Renae Buxbaum
An 81-year-old cancer patient who called 911 on Tuesday for food has received tons of donations and now full is giving the food away to charity.

elderly cancer patient dials 911 for food

An 81-year-old cancer patient  who called 911 on Tuesday for food has received tons of donations and now full is giving the food away to charity.

"They keep bringing it in by the armloads," Clarence Blackmon told ABC News. "My cupboards are full. I've never had such prosperity."

The North Carolina man returned home after spending months in the hospital for cancer treatment and realized he had nothing to eat. Hungry and desperate, he dialed 911.

"What I need is someone to get to the grocery store and bring me some food because I need to eat something," Blackmon said. "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."

The operator, Marilyn Hinson, went to the supermarket and brought him back groceries and even made him ham sandwiches.

“He was hungry,” Hinson said. “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 .”

Blackmon’s plea for food has inspired others to help out. Local officials have even received calls from concerned neighbors.

Blackmon’s overflowing kitchen cabinets has led him to share the food with other hungry people. He has called the Salvation Army to send the food.

“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!”

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