A Florida farmer committed the ultimate act of kindness when he bought 100 generators to help the victims in the Bahamas who were ravaged by hurricane Dorian. What made the act so genuine is that he wanted to remain anonymous.
The gentleman made his mega-purchase at a Costco in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 4, spending $450-per-generator, the shopper amassed a bill of $49, 285.70 at the checkout, and it’s all heading straight to the Bahamian islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco by boat.
Another Costco customer, Alec Prague, snapped two photos of the anonymous donor and all the generators.
Sprague, a resident of Jacksonville, said he went to a Costco store to buy a generator and saw a man purchasing over 100 of them.
“Was just in Cosco off Collins getting a generator (at $450 each) and this guy right here is purchasing over 100 generators and food to send to the Bahamas! All I could do was shake his hand and thank him! There still are good people in the world!” Sprague wrote on Facebook.
He snapped a quick photo of the good Samaritan from behind, and posted it on Facebook Wednesday. A day later, it had 34,000 shares.
The farmer told CNN he was storing the supplies in a Stuart facility and Errol Thurston, his friend, was using his network of friends and boaters to deliver the supplies.
Thurston is a boat captain who lives in Marsh Harbour, a town in the Abaco Islands, according to his Facebook profile, and who owns a fishing guide service. He left the island to take a client’s boat to Florida days before Dorian struck the island chain as a Category 5 hurricane and is staying with his wife, Mercedes, who lives and works in Florida as a high school dean, CNN reports.
“Abaco is where my heart is and today my heart is completely broken,” Mercedes said in a Facebook video Tuesday. “My husband is beyond devastated but as usual he’s turning his despair into an opportunity to help others.”
In order to transport the generators and other amenities to the Bahamas, trucks will drive the supplies to Stuart, Florida, about 250 miles south. The farmer said he has a storage facility set up there so the items could then be transported to the Bahamas by boat.
He’s using his network of friends and boaters to assist in transporting the mass of supplies. Thurston said: We are trying to book a slot on a container ship that regularly services the Abacos and Grand Bahama. The guys are doing everything in their power to get us in a slot there. They know the desperation the people really need these items.’
If that plan doesn’t work out, Thurston is going to rely on more boats and more planes:
We have a lot of guys with planes to take it over. There are hundreds of local captains with boats who are ready on standby to take the generators and chainsaws by boat.
Food and water is a top priority for the islands. While planes will handle the heavier items, like generators, boats will tale tarps, food, water, medicine and other necessities.
Thurston’s wife Mercedes is also a Florida native who calls Abaco home. She told CNN:
Abaco is my husband’s home and it’s my home, too. So we’re heartbroken.
They are the strongest people I’ve ever met in my life. They have the biggest hearts. I feel like it’s our duty to step up and help them get back on their feet they will rebuild.
This good samaritan farmer isn’t the only one doing his bit for those in need. An incredibly thoughtful young boy has been praised for donating money which he carefully saved for a trip to Disneyland to buy food for Hurricane Dorian evacuees.