Amid Hurricane Irma prep, Florida man offers generator to stranger in need

Pam Brekke was down on her luck but then she met Ramon Santiago.

ByABC News
September 7, 2017, 6:32 PM

— -- Like many Floridians racing to buy food and supplies before the arrival of Hurricane Irma, Pam Brekke found herself miles from home today, desperately hoping to score a generator.

According to ABC affiliate WFTV-TV, Brekke, a Sanford, Florida, resident, had spent days waiting for empty shelves to be restocked and searching for a generator.

She said today that she'd traveled more than 30 miles to Orlando to a Lowe's Home Improvement store that had received a surprise shipment of a little more than 200 generators.

Within two hours, however, the generators were sold out and Brekke, who had been next in line, was empty-handed.

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A heartbroken Brekke then began to cry. Ramon Santiago, who had gotten one of the generators but had not purchased it yet, noticed and insisted that she take his.

"She needs the generator," Santiago told WFTV-TV. "It's OK."

Brekke shared with Santiago that it was her ailing father who needed the generator to power his oxygen supply.

"I'm worried about this storm," Brekke told WFTV-TV.

After giving him a hug, Brekke said she was overwhelmed by Santiago's generosity.

"That gentleman was a great gentleman right there," she said. "God will bless that man."

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