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After Hurricane Matthew hit, it became a struggle for people to contact family members to make sure that they were safe and sound since they lost their power and phone lines in the storm.
This is what happen when a Nebraska guy was trying to contact his 87-year old grandmother, Claire Olsen.
The guy who identified himself as “Eric” had been trying to reach his Grandmother for several days to check on her and couldn’t because he phone was out of service.

Eric said, “I was calling the police department, I was calling the sheriff’s department and no one was answering, so I was really worried.”
That’s when he came up with another way of checking on her… Eric decided to order her a Papa John’s pizza and have it delivered to her house.
With his pizza delivery, Eric knew that his grandmother would have to answer the door and that’s what he was hoping for.
Eric had special instructions for the delivery man to do. Lance Tyler was instructed to call Eric once he arrived at his grandma’s house and he wanted the phone to be handed to his grandmother so he could hear her voice.
You can call it a wellness check at the hands of Papa John’s.

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

Grandma Claire said, “[My grandson said] ‘Grandma, I haven’t talked to you in two days. I got worried about you. You must be hungry by now.'”
Eric told ABC News, “Well, 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.”
Lance said that the look on Grandma Claire’s face when she realized that her grandson had sent her that pizza was worth more then any tip.
“Her expression was just pre less. It was like, ‘WOW!'” Lance said.
Since that pizza delivering moment, Grandma Claire has had her phone service repaired and has spoken to her family since.