A Florida woman racing to find a generator ahead of Hurricane Irma’s imminent arrival in the state got what she needed due to the generosity from a complete stranger.
Pam Brekke had been waiting for days to buy hands on a generator in order to keep her sick father’s oxygen supply powered, and traveled nearly 30 miles to a Lowe’s Home Improvement that had received a surprise shipment of about 200 generators on Thursday, WFTV-TV reported. The generators sold out within two hours, managers at the Lowe’s store told the ABC affiliate.
Brekke, who had been next in line to receive a generator, broke down when she realized the supply sold out and that she might not have anything to power the much-needed oxygen. To her surprise, Ramon Santiago, a customer who had gotten a generator but had not bought it yet, saw Brekke cry and said she could take it.
“She needs the generator,” he told WFTV-TV. “It’s OK.”
Overwhelmed, Brekke hugged Santiago, and tearfully thanked him. A video from WFTV shows Santiago hugging and comforting Brekke and telling her: “Everything is fine.”
“That gentleman was a great gentleman right there,” Brekke said. “God will bless that man.”
More Must-Reads From TIME
- Inside the White House Program to Share America's Secrets
- Meet the 2024 Women of the Year
- East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment
- The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap
- Long COVID Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Does
- Column: The New Antisemitism
- The 13 Best New Books to Read in March
- Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time
Write to Mahita Gajanan at email@example.com