Stories From the Storm: The Last Generator

By Nancy Flory Published on September 11, 2017

As Florida prepared for record-breaking Hurricane Irma, the impending natural disaster brought out some of the best of humanity. Neighbors were helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers. Here’s a story of kindness that we think will warm your heart.

On Thursday, Pam Brekke traveled almost 30 miles to an Orlando Lowe’s to buy a generator for her father, who needed it for his oxygen supply. She was next in line to get a generator when she realized the man in front of her got the last one. Brekke began to cry. When the man, Ramon Santiago, saw Brekke’s tears, he insisted that she take his generator.

“I’m very overwhelmed by that man,” Brekke told ABC News. “That gentleman was a great gentleman right there. God will bless that man.”

However, that’s not the end of the story. WFTV News 9 was at Lowe’s Friday after the store received a shipment of generators. Lowe’s donated one to a surprised and thankful Santiago.

As far as giving his generator to Brekke, Santiago said that God “played a role in all of this” and placed him there at that time to help her.


If you haven’t already, please consider helping the victims of  Irma. Samaritan’s Purse is collecting donations to help with relief efforts. You may donate by clicking here.

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    These stories remind me of a Scripture: “You will be abundantly enriched in every way as you give generously on every occasion, for when we take your gifts to those in need, it causes many to give thanks to God” (I Cor. 9:11). In Spanish, this gentleman actually said this situation was to the glory of Jesus Christ; he illustrated this verse and it went viral in this broadcast, causing many to truly give thanks to God. Thank you for sharing.

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