Clarence Blackmon, 81, suffers from prostate cancer. After months in the hospital, he could barely move his frail body out of a chair. So when he returned home to an empty house with an empty fridge, he was left hopeless and in dire need of food.
Blackmon called 911 and spoke with operator Marilyn Hinson. He ensured her that he was not in any imminent danger, but that he was starving, and needed someone to go to the grocery store to get him a few things.
"What I need is someone to get to the grocery store and bring me some food, because I need to eat something," he says. "Please, I can barely walk without holding onto a chair."
On the call, Hinson proceeded to take a small order from Blackmon, including "processed ham [that] looks like bologna," some beets, popcorn and potato salad.
Then, Hinson went out and purchased the food for Blackmon, and brought it to his home. She even prepared him some sandwiches to last a few days.
"He was hungry," Hinson told ABC11.com. "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."
"It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear," Blackmon says in a video for ABC. "I thought, 'Jesus, you answered those prayers!'"
Blackmon's wife, Wanda, passed away from cancer three years ago. Blackmon tells The Huffington Post: "I thank the lord I had Wanda for as long as I did, but I miss her and our house. Life is unpredictable and unfortunately it doesn't get easier as we get older."
But when people show they care, things can get a little better.
24 hours later, Blackmon received an overwhelming amount of donations from his community. His phone hasn't stopped ringing, reports say.
"They keep bringing it in by the armloads," he told ABC News. "My cupboards are full. I've never had such prosperity."
So full, in fact, Blackmon adds that there's enough to last him over a year.
Now, Blackmon wants to help others who are hungry.
He asks that people start sending their donations to The Salvation Army to feed those who need it most.
Mr. Blackmon, you're the best.
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