Man orders pizza to check on Florida grandma after Hurricane Matthew

Photo via CNN and WFTV
Photo via CNN and WFTV

Family members of an 87-year-old Florida woman hadn’t heard from her for days after Hurricane Matthew. So the woman’s grandson thought of a way to get someone to check on her.

There is only one Papa John’s in Flagler County. So when the restless people of Palm Coast realized the worst of Matthew was over, the phone rang off the hook.

Among the callers was a man named Eric, who called in an order from Nebraska. The order includes special instructions and a phone number to call.

Delivery man Lance Tyler made the call. “The way that he answered the phone, ‘Is she there? Is she okay?’ It sounded like he was worried.”

The grandmother, Claire Olsen, answered the door and told the man she hadn’t ordered anything. “Your grandson did,” Tyler told her.

Tyler put Olsen on the phone with her grandson. “Grandma, I haven’t talked to you in two days. I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now,” the grandson said.

The pizza was plain pepperoni. “It was fantastic,” Olsen said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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