When a stranger unexpectedly showed up at her door with a pizza in October 2016, Florida grandmother Claire Olsen was suspicious. The retired woman was puzzled, too; everything had been up in the air of late, but she did not recall having ordered a pie. She agreed to open the door to the pizza man, though. And yet she was left amazed by what the driver delivered as a side for her pepperoni.
Claire lives alone in the city of Palm Coast in Flagler County, Florida. In the fall of 2016 the retiree was 87 years old and had witnessed a lot of weather over the decades. But when Hurricane Matthew rolled in and darkened The Sunshine State in early October, her neighborhood was thoroughly rocked.
Eric Olsen is Claire’s grandson, but he lives almost 1,500 miles north of his granny. Having grown up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Eric now lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with his boy, Claire’s great-grandson. The 32-year-old hospitality worker serves at Mark’s Bistro in the city and also tends bar across town at the Brickway Brewery and Distillery.