A pizza delivery driver was called a hero Monday after she likely saved an elderly woman’s life. Before Monday’s incident, most neighbors knew little about Memphis resident Jean Wilson, except that she’s eaten pizza daily for the past three years.
“We make her pizza every day before she even calls, because we know she’s going to call,” delivery driver Susan Guy said. Guy often delivers Wilson’s regular order, one large pepperoni pizza, but recently workers at her restaurant noticed an unusual break in the pattern.
“She hadn’t called in three days,” Guy said. “My boss told me about it today.” Guy insisted to her boss that she be allowed to check on Wilson.
“He was like, ‘Naw, you don’t have to do that,’ and I said, ‘Yeah I do. Clock me out if that’s what you gotta do,'” Guy said.
Guy drove to Wilson’s house and knocked on her door, but no one answered. Then, she banged on Wilson’s windows, but there was still no response. Running out of options, Wilson ran to neighbor Larry Comeaux’s house for help.
“The pizza lady came over and knocked on the door wanting to know if I’d seen the lady across the street,” Comeaux said.
“And he said, ‘No, maybe she’s not home,'” Guy said. “And I said, ‘Well, not home?’ I said, ‘How many times have you see her leave?’ And he goes, ‘Never.'”
Guy quickly called 911. When police arrived, they broke down the door to Wilson’s home, and found her lying on a floor inside.
They soon learned that Wilson had fallen on Saturday, and couldn’t get over to a telephone to call for help. Investigators said it’s possible that her pizza-only diet may have saved her life.
“She treats us really well,” Guy said. “She appreciates us, and that’s something we don’t get in customers a lot.”
Editor’s Note: As I read this story yesterday, I couldn’t help but think about many who are neglected by churches. Countless thousands every year miss one service…and then another….and a week becomes a month, which becomes a year, etc. How many of us who love the Lord Jesus Christ and people do for them what this delivery driver did for her customer?
Here are a few steps in becoming a good steward of God’s people:
- Take notice of those who miss a service or event. No church can become great when scores of people get lost in the crowd. For years, I have made a habit of making a list of faces I did not see in the service. Now with the advances in technology, you can communicate with a host of people in a relatively short amount of time. Use e-mail, text, phone calls or make a visit.
- Assume it is your responsibility to go see them. People often say to themselves, “Well, I’m sure the pastor will go and see them.” I have learned that when God prods me about someone, He is giving me that opportunity to be a blessing to that family. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
- Communicate with your Pastor or church leaders about people’s needs. I am so grateful that from time-to-time I am alerted by our good people concerning an illness, or a surgery or a crisis in one of our member’s lives. When they do not communicate that to me, I lose the opportunity to serve that family.
- We are to treat people with the care we have learned to receive from the Holy Spirit. God is so good to us and goes with us to the far-country of life. It is this that motivates us to seek and serve others.
Be a blessing to others, to your church and to Christ. Be a servant and take notice of people’s needs.