Eric Olsen was anxious after he hadn't heard from his 87-year-old grandmother, Claire Olsen, after Hurricane Matthew had rampaged through Palm Coast, Florida, so he called a place he knew could help him: Papa John's Pizza.
A pizza order and a phone call reunited one man with the grandmother he hadn’t heard from in days.
Eric Olsen was anxious after he lost contact with his 87-year-old grandmother, Claire Olsen, in the aftermath Hurricane Matthew’s rampage through Florida, so he placed a call to the only place he knew could help: Papa John’s Pizza.
“The police and sheriff departments were overwhelmed so I called the only other people I could think of… Papa John’s Pizza,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Olsen, who lives in Nebraska, where he made the pizza order from, sent special instructions to the business to “please call” him “when you get to the house.”
Lance Tyler, who received the order and delivered the pizza, called the number once outside Claire’s home and received a surprise.
“The way that he answered the phone, ‘Is she there? Is she OK?’ It sounded like he was worried,” Tyler told WFTV, a local news station.
Claire was reluctant to answer the knock on her door, and thought Tyler could be a scammer since she hadn’t made a pizza order.
“He knocked on the door and said ‘Delivery.’ I said, ‘I didn’t order anything.’ He says, ‘Your grandson did,'” she said.
Once Tyler handed his phone over to Claire, she finally heard her grandson’s voice.
“[My grandson said,] ‘Grandma, I haven’t talked to you in two days. I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now,’ ” she said.
She gushed about her meal, saying the pepperoni pizza was “fantastic,” but that nothing could ever be as good as the grandson who cared enough to order it for her.