When it comes to our loved ones, their safety is of the upmost importance—especially during a natural disaster.
Two days after hurricane Matthew ravaged Florida, Eric Olsen from Omaha, Nebraska hadn't heard from his 87-year-old grandmother in Palm Coast and the local authorities weren't responding to his calls, so he came up with a clever way to get in touch with her, reports. With a little help from Papa John's Pizza, Eric sent a special delivery to his grandmother's home to confirm that she was alive and well.
Claire lives alone in a house thousands of miles away from the rest of her family, and her phone wasn't working after the storm. "I talked to her on Friday morning, and she had just lost power, and she said, 'this is a nightmare,'" Eric told reporters. "I was calling the police department, I was calling the sheriff's department, and no one was answering, so I was really worried."
That's when Eric brainstormed a different approach. "I was just thinking, 'who can go there right now?," he explained. "Who can I call in a city where I know no one?' People are asking why I didn't call the police and ask them to do a wellness check, but I did. Trust me, Papa John's was a last resort." Within 30 minutes of placing the order, the worried grandson was finally able to get through to his nana.
While requesting the pizza, Eric asked the deliveryman, Lance Tyler, to bring his phone and connect call him when he arrived at her house. Claire was overwhelmed with gratitude when she heard her grandson's voice on the other line. "Her expression was just priceless," Lance said. After two days of fearing the worst for his elderly grandmother, Eric was relieved to know that she was unharmed. Knowing that she had lost power for several days, we be she really enjoyed that pizza, too!
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