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Woman Bursts Into Tears After Stranger Does Unthinkable To Her Inside Lowes

In the days leading up to Hurricane Irma making landfall in the state of Florida, a sense of fear and panic gripped many of the state’s residents. By all indications, Irma was an absolutely monstrous storm that was about to wreak some serious havoc. Prevailing wisdom suggested that people get out of harm’s way, and evacuation orders only exacerbated the tensions. That led to a mad scramble of people hitting the road, as well as among folks that decided to stay behind and ride it out.

For those in the latter category, that led to a mad dash for necessary supplies. Stores were cleaned out, and those that were late to the party were simply out of luck. For Orlando-area resident Pam Brekke, that could’ve led to even further problems. Her elderly father is a Korean war veteran that needs an oxygen machine to survive. She was hoping to purchase a generator, but she came up empty. Brekke got overwhelmed and became visibly upset, but her day quickly got a lot better.

As the Washington Post shares, a stranger saw how upset she was, and he had a solution: he determined she needed a generator more than he did, and he told her she could have the one he was going to purchase.

“I was getting really nervous about the storm. We still didn’t know what it was going to do. It was just a stressful moment,” she recalled. “I told him, ‘I’m just scared this storm’s coming and my father’s on oxygen. I’m just scared.' And I said, ‘That’s all right, God will provide.’ And then I turned to walk away. Then he stopped me. And he said ‘Ma’am, this generator’s for you. … You take it. You need it more than I do.’”

The man, Ramon Santiago, lives near the store, and he had no ulterior motive for doing what he did. He simply saw a neighbor in need, and he made a sacrifice to do what he could to help. The Lowe’s store became aware of his selfless actions, and they would offer him up a generator as a thank you.

“I wanted to make sure he received it because he definitely deserved it,” store manager Melissa Rodriguez said. “He’s the hero of the day.”

As for Brekke, Santiago’s kind act helped make the trying time all the more manageable.

“It really is an awesome thing,” she said. “I know there’s a lot of people out there doing the same thing - helping people in the same kind of need that I’m in.”

Random acts of kindness are awesome to begin with, but they become even more amazing when it’s a situation where the one dishing it out may find themselves in need as well. Santiago had no idea what the storm would mean for him, but he saw a situation that was far more pressing. He didn’t hesitate to do what he could to help. That’s a huge testament to him, and to the concept of random acts of kindness as a whole.

Source: Washington Post, Western Journalism
Photo: WFTV Screenshot

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