Generally, when a natural disaster occurs, we see countless stories of strangers helping strangers out of dire circumstances. However, this story happened just before a natural disaster, and this man’s sweet gesture will warm your heart.
As Hurricane Irma makes its way towards Florida, thousands are evacuating, and for those who can’t evacuate, they’re preparing to go through a storm that has already claimed a dozen lives in the Caribbean.
As Pam Brekke watched the news reports of the impending storm, she knew she needed to get to the store and buy a generator. Her father is on oxygen, and if the power went out, the situation could turn deadly.
Brekke spent days going store to store to find a generator.
On Thursday, a few days before Hurricane Irma was forecasted to hit Florida, Brekke drove 30 miles from her home in Sanford to Orlando. A Lowe’s Home Improvement store had received a surprise shipment of 216 generators, and she was determined to get one.
As she stood in line watching store employees pass out the generators, her heart began to sink. The person in front of her was number 216, and that person received the last available generator.
The Florida resident burst into tears as she realized she just missed out on the last generator.
As she stood in the store wiping away her tears a man came up to her. Without knowing her story, the man, Ramon Santiago, offered her the generator he had in his cart.
“She need the generator,” Santiago told WFTV. “It’s OK. No worry for them.”
A complete stranger offered her the generator he was planning on purchasing.
Brekke was completely overwhelmed and couldn’t believe what had happened. Santiago gave her his generator, the two hugged, and he went on his way.
“I’m very overwhelmed by that man,” Brekke said between tears. “That gentleman was a great gentleman right there. God will bless that man.”