Elderly Man With Cancer Had To Call 911 Because He Had No Food (VIDEO)

After being released from months in the hospital, an 81-year-old North Carolina man came home to an empty refrigerator and empty cupboards. He also had no way to get food, so he called 911.

Clarence Blackmon weighed just 115 pounds after months of cancer treatment. He was frail and hungry.

“I can’t do anything,” he told 911 operator Marilyn Hinson. “I can’t go anywhere. I can’t get out of my…chair.”

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Fortunately, he reached the right 911 operator. With the help of police, she delivered cabbage, cans of beans, beets, popcorn, tomato juice and soft drinks. She even made him some sandwiches.

“It was like a little miracle ringing in my ear,” Blackmon told WTVD. “I thought, ‘Jesus, you answered those prayers.’”

Here’s the video:


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While there’s no denying that Hinson is the hero in this story, the villain is our very own country.

The latest figures are from 2013, but at that time, 9 percent of seniors suffered from food insecurity. Ten percent lived below the poverty line. Typically, seniors are less likely to get help from food stamps than do younger people.

Even for seniors who do have money for food, transportation is often a problem. More than one in five seniors don’t drive, and many are too frail to leave the house.

We live in a society where those who have served us throughout their lives are thrown away once they reach a certain age. It’s criminal that seniors should have to beg for food, regardless of the reasons.

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