When an elderly veteran called 911 because he was hungry, operator Marilyn Hinson took out a pen and began to write him a grocery list.

Clarence Blackmon had returned home to an empty refrigerator after months of cancer treatment. Too weak to walk and with no family in town, he called 911 and told the operator was hungry.

Instead of telling the 81-year-old he was tying up an emergency line, she solicited the help of two officers, and the group showed up at Blackmon’s house in Fayetteville, North Carolina to deliver the groceries and fixed him a ham sandwich.magician-Rob_Anderson-rips-homeless-mans-sign

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“I’ve been hungry,” Hinson told WTVD. “A lot of people can’t say that, but I can, and I can’t stand for anyone to be hungry.”

Since then, donations have been pouring in for Blackmon, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be going to bed hungry anytime soon.

(WATCH the video below from WTVD-TV)

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  1. As a proud USAF veteran myself I realize how difficult it was for Mr. Blackmon to ask for help. We all see ourselves as tough, resilient and resourceful but even the toughest of us (yes, even Marines) occasionally need a helping hand. It was very kind of the 911 operator and the policemen to do what they did–Mr. Blackmon had a full stomach and his helpers had full hearts. It doesn’t take a lot of money or effort to help out those in need. I urge you to buy $10.00 worth of groceries (if you’re able to) and drop them off at your local food banks. Thank you!

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