Help pours in for veteran with cancer who called 911 because he had no food

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FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina -- People from across the country are lining up to help the cancer patient who called 911 because he had no food.

Clarence Blackmon, 81, made the call Tuesday night after he returned to his home after spending months in the hospital getting cancer treatments. He had no food or water and didn't have the means to go to a store. He said he couldn't even get out of his chair.

The dispatcher who answered his call brought him groceries herself and even made him some sandwiches.

“He was hungry," dispatcher Marilyn Hinson said at the time. "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."

WTVD reports that after the heartwarming story spread across the country, Blackmon's phone hasn't stopped ringing with people offering food and help. He went from having an empty refrigerator to counter tops and shelves overflowing with food.

In the meantime, social service workers say that the private rehab center that discharged Blackmon failed to notify them that he was going home. Social workers have spent several hours with him since, taking care of his needs.

Blackmon has so many donations, he's asked that some go to the Salvation Army to help others.

"I want everyone that goes hungry or lives under a bridge, at least they can go to the Salvation Army. They may have to listen to their sermon, but they get their food," he said.

Help for Blackmon came from as far away as California and Canada.

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