Man Gets Last Generator, He Has No Clue It's Dire For Woman Behind To Get Her Hands On One
Marilyn Caylor 9/13/2017
Natural disasters like Hurricane Irma can sometimes bring out the worst in people. In the frenzy to stock up on essentials like food, water and generators, some folks can get very selfish and hoard supplies.
We've all heard about the horror stories that accompany uncontrolled crowds during the Christmas shopping season. Well, the way people act at the store during a natural disaster isn't all that different from Black Friday.
Yet, for Pam Brekke, her shopping trip wasn't about finding a good deal. With the hurricane fast approaching Pam knew she needed to get her hands on a generator before they were sold out for one very critical reason.
Unfortunately, she got there just as the last one had been sold to another man. That's when shoppers witnessed a sight between both people that quickly made headlines.
During a hurricane, power outages are to be expected, and that's why generators tend to fly off the shelves just as fast as bottled water and plywood.
To be honest though, most people can survive without electricity for a few days - it's just extremely inconvenient. When there's a chaotic storm raging outside, electricity is sort of like psychological comfort food, but for the home. It helps people cling to some semblance of normalcy.
However, access to a continuous supply of electricity can actually be critical in certain situations. That's why hospitals are equipped with backup generators, so that life-giving medical devices don't fail. What do you think happens when those devices suddenly give out? Poor Pam Brekke was about to find out.
Pam had trekked 30 miles outside of her home in search of a generator. She had spent days in search of one, only to find herself staring at empty shelves.
When Pam heard that a Lowe's in Orlando, Florida had received a surprise shipment of 216 generators, she zipped out the door and made a beeline straight towards it. She desperately needed to get her hands on one!
When she arrived, there were still a few generators left. But, after waiting hours in line to buy one, Pam was absolutely crushed when the last generator was loaded onto the cart of the man standing in line in front of her. She broke down in tears - if only she had made it there just a couple of minutes earlier.
You see, Pam needed the generator to keep her father's oxygen supply powered. If her electricity goes out, her dad would likely not survive the night.
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Ramon Santiago was the lucky recipient of the last generator, but when he noticed Pam crying, he did something to end those tears for good. He didn't even know the woman's backstory when he he decided to willingly gave up his long-awaited prize.
Pam's heartbreaking reaction was enough to let Ramon know that someone she loved was depending on this generator. He quickly turned to Pam, and told her that it was all hers. As told to WFTV in Orlando, Ramon said:
"She need the generator. It's OK. No worry for them."
A shocked and grateful Pam tearfully accepted the gift, and the two strangers hugged it out. She was completely overwhelmed by the kind gesture, and continued to cry as Ramon told her that everything would be fine. She told WFTV:
"I'm very overwhelmed by that man. That gentleman was a great gentleman right there. God will bless that man."
Pam went on to say that it's so encouraging to see people help each other out during stressful times. Cooperation, not competition, is the key to happiness, which is something that both Pam and Ramon witnessed that day. It's so good to see that during the worst of times, good Samaritans still exist.
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Watch the video below to see Pam express her tearful gratitude towards the kind stranger.