Racing against Hurricane Irma, Pam Brekke had spent the last few days searching for a generator so that she could guarantee her father's oxygen supply in case he lost power.
She'd journeyed 30 miles to a Lowe's in Orlando, Florida, after hearing they'd gotten in a fresh shipment of generators, and was devastated when she realized they'd just sold the last one to the man standing in front of her in line. In a selfless act that's inspired millions, Ramon Santiago stepped forward, and with no questions asked, insisted she take his newly purchased generator.
"She need the generator," Santiago, who isn't a native English speaker, told WFTV. "It's OK. No worry for them."
"I'm very overwhelmed by that man," Brekke said to reporters in between tears. "That gentleman was a great gentleman right there. God will bless that man."
In a nation that is currently being hit with everything from history-making storms to a morally bankrupt administration, stories like this are much-needed inspiration. People like Santiago remind a disheartened public that there are so many out there still doing their best for others.
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