The story of a Central Florida man who gave up a generator he was preparing to buy in preparation for the probable arrival of Hurricane Irma is being lauded all over social media as an act of selflessness in the face of certain disaster.
Generators, in addition to plywood, drinking water, gas cans and other necessary items have been in short supply as customers tried to prepare for the storm in a last-minute dash.
After managers at the Lowe’s store at South Semoran Boulevard and Lake Margaret Drive near Orlando’s Conway neighborhood said they received a surprise shipment of 216 generators at about 7 a.m. Thursday, they were sold out within two hours.
Pam Brekke had traveled almost 30 miles from her Sanford home to the Orlando store and was next in line to purchase a generator when she watched workers load the final unit onto a cart for the customer who was standing in front of her. After days of searching, this was her last-ditch effort to buy a generator to help her elderly father survive an electricity outage.
“My father’s on oxygen, and I’m worried about this storm,” she said, beginning to panic. As Brekke stood there crying in the middle of the store, customer Ramon Santiago randomly approached the woman and gave her the generator he was going to buy; no questions asked.
“She need the generator,” said Santiago, whose first language isn’t English. “It’s OK. No worry for them.” Brekke gave him a grateful hug, and then Santiago continued on with his shopping.
“I’m very overwhelmed by that man,” Brekke said, now crying for a completely different reason. “That gentleman was a great gentleman right there. God will bless that man.”
Brekke was touched and uplifted to see people help one another during such a stressful time, WFTV9 reported.
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