Family sends pizza deliveryman to check on grandma after Florida hurricane

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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A family with members spread out across the US all ordered pizzas for their grandmother after they couldn't reach her during Hurricane Matthew.

The Category five Atlantic storm ravaged parts of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia in 2016 - causing a total of 585 fatalities and billions of dollars worth of damage.

At the time, 87-year-old Claire Olsen had been living alone and away from her family in Palm Coast, Florida - and they were left unable to reach her for two days.

Her grandson, Eric Olsen of Nebraska, told ABC News: "I talked to her on Friday morning, and she had just lost power, and she said: 'This is a nightmare,' and then we didn't hear from her for two days."

Eric added: "I was calling the police department, I was calling the sheriff's department, and no one was answering, so I was really worried."

So, the fast-thinking grandson decided to get a little creative, adding: "So I just said, 'I'm going to order her a pizza, and if they can deliver it, then I know she's alive.'"

Per WFTV, Eric said he had called the only Papa John's in his grandmother's area, giving specific instructions to the delivery driver, Lance Tyler.

"It was quite a surprise for me," Tyler told the news station.

Claire was reluctant to answer the door at first, thinking it was all a scam as she never ordered pizza. However, the pizza was eventually delivered - and Tyler handed his cellphone to Claire so her grandson could hear from her.

"[Eric said] 'Grandma, I haven't talked to you in two days. I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now,'" Claire stated.

The hero delivery driver added: "Her expression was just priceless. It was like, 'Wow!'"

"Police and fire couldn't do it, but Papa John's got there in 30 minutes and put the cellphone to her ear," Eric joked.

Well, thanks to a caring grandson, Claire was able to feel a lot safer - she even got a free pizza dinner out of it.

Featured image credit: LJSphotography / Alamy

Family sends pizza deliveryman to check on grandma after Florida hurricane

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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A family with members spread out across the US all ordered pizzas for their grandmother after they couldn't reach her during Hurricane Matthew.

The Category five Atlantic storm ravaged parts of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia in 2016 - causing a total of 585 fatalities and billions of dollars worth of damage.

At the time, 87-year-old Claire Olsen had been living alone and away from her family in Palm Coast, Florida - and they were left unable to reach her for two days.

Her grandson, Eric Olsen of Nebraska, told ABC News: "I talked to her on Friday morning, and she had just lost power, and she said: 'This is a nightmare,' and then we didn't hear from her for two days."

Eric added: "I was calling the police department, I was calling the sheriff's department, and no one was answering, so I was really worried."

So, the fast-thinking grandson decided to get a little creative, adding: "So I just said, 'I'm going to order her a pizza, and if they can deliver it, then I know she's alive.'"

Per WFTV, Eric said he had called the only Papa John's in his grandmother's area, giving specific instructions to the delivery driver, Lance Tyler.

"It was quite a surprise for me," Tyler told the news station.

Claire was reluctant to answer the door at first, thinking it was all a scam as she never ordered pizza. However, the pizza was eventually delivered - and Tyler handed his cellphone to Claire so her grandson could hear from her.

"[Eric said] 'Grandma, I haven't talked to you in two days. I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now,'" Claire stated.

The hero delivery driver added: "Her expression was just priceless. It was like, 'Wow!'"

"Police and fire couldn't do it, but Papa John's got there in 30 minutes and put the cellphone to her ear," Eric joked.

Well, thanks to a caring grandson, Claire was able to feel a lot safer - she even got a free pizza dinner out of it.

Featured image credit: LJSphotography / Alamy