Family sends pizza delivery driver to check on grandma after hurricane

Claire Olsen (NBC News)
Claire Olsen (NBC News)

PALM COAST, FL (WCMH) — Family members of a 87-year-old Florida woman know she’s okay, thanks to a helpful pizza delivery driver.

The family of 87-year-old Claire Olsen hadn’t heard from her for two days after Hurricane Matthew came through. They started looking for a way to get someone to check on her.

When police said they couldn’t help, they decided to order a pizza.

WFTV reports when driver Lance Tyler looked at the receipt, there was an instruction to call a specific phone number. Tyler figured the owner of the house just had some big dogs that needed to be put away.

“The way that he answered the phone, ‘Is she there? Is she okay?’ It sounded like he was worried,” Tyler told WFTV.

“So he knocked on the door and said ‘delivery.’ I said ‘I didn’t order anything!’ He says ‘Your grandson did,’” said Olsen.

Tyler then handed the phone to Olsen, who was surprised to hear the voice of her grandson.

“Grandma, I haven’t talked to you in two days,” she recounted her grandson saying “I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now!”

Tyler said that seeing her expression topped every tip he’s ever gotten. “Her expression was just priceless. The way that she was like ‘Whoa!’ 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. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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