Clarence Blackmon had spent the last four months in the hospital battling cancer, but when he recently returned to his Fayetteville, North Carolina, apartment he was faced with a problem: He was hungry, had no food, and no one to give him a helping hand.
Blackmon dialed 911 and apologetically told the dispatcher he was in need. He made it clear that although he was incapacitated, he was safe, not injured, or otherwise in need of immediate emergency assistance. He even told her that he even had the money for food, just not the means to get it.
“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,” Blackmon told the dispatcher, Marilyn Hinson.
So Hinson, along with officers from the Fayetteville Police Department went to the grocery store and brought the man some food. Hinson even made him a few ham sandwiches, which he called a feast, to have on hand for later.
“He was hungry,” she 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.”
Within 24 hours donations came pouring in to the police department for Blackmon, but he wanted the donations to go to the Salvation Army to help others in need. A home health nurse will now check on him twice a week as well.