Pizza has come to the rescue for one family dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Claire Olsen, an 87-year-old grandmother living in Palm Coast, Florida had effectively weathered the storm, but her family living across the country had no way of knowing—her phone line was disconnected.
Olsen’s concerned grandson, Eric, was worried about his loved one. “I talked to her on Friday morning, and she had just lost power, and she said, ‘This is a nightmare,’” he recalled to ABC News, “and then we didn’t hear from her for two days … I was calling the police department, I was calling the sheriff’s department, and no one was answering, so I was really worried.”
The lack of communication forced Eric to get creative, and he came up with a delicious solution—order his grandmother a pizza. It would ensure at least someone would go check on her. Plus, she’d have something warm and tasty to eat since losing power. Eric called the local Papa John’s and asked to have a pepperoni pizza taken to Claire’s home. Under “special instructions,” he left his phone number and asked the deliveryman, Lance Tyler, to call him once Claire answered the door.
When Tyler arrived, Claire was understandably confused. “He knocked on the door and said, ‘Delivery.’ I said, ‘I didn’t order anything.’ He says, ‘Your grandson did,” she told WFTV. After making contact, Tyler called Eric on his cell phone and handed it to Claire. “[He said] ‘Grandma, I haven’t talked to you in two days. I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now.’”
Eric felt a big sense of relief once he heard that his grandmother was okay. And since enjoying the tasty pie, her phone is now back in working order so family members know she’s safe.