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Operator Responds Personally to Hungry 911 Caller and Generosity in General is Elevated

Post date: 
May 19th, 2015
Article Type: 
External News Article
Article Source: 
The Nonprofit Quarterly

Take heed of your tear ducts; this story could restore (or reinforce) your faith in humanity. Clarence Blackmon, 81, of Fayetteville, North Carolina had just spent several months hospitalized undergoing treatment for cancer when he came home to an empty fridge. Weighing only 115 pounds, Blackmon was hungry, but too weak to go to the grocery store himself. With no one else to call, he rung 911. Luckily, he got Marilyn Hinson on the other line.

“I can’t do anything. I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my…chair,” he told Hinson. “I just want somebody to help me buy some food.”

Ninety minutes later, Hinson was at Blackmon’s doorstep with bags full of groceries and Blackmon’s favorite foods: cabbage, pickled beets, green beans, and Pepsi. She even made him a few ham sandwiches and left him with her phone number.

What inspired Hinson’s good deed?

“He was hungry,” said Hinson to Raleigh-Durham ABC affiliate station WTVD. “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.”

Since then, after the story had gone viral, others have been similarly touched by Hinson’s generosity and Blackmon’s call for help. Food donations have been pouring in, so much so that Blackmon will be donating some portion of the donations to food banks.

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