The man's shopping receipt from a Costco in Florida read $49,285.70 and most of that came from paying $450 a pop for 100 generators.
A farmer from Florida purchased 100 generators for a Costco store in Jacksonville, Florida, on Wednesday, and has sent them via ship to The Bahamas for victims of the Hurricane. The official death toll of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas has risen to 20 people with officials certain the number will continue to rise, the prime minister, Hubert Minnis, announced as he declared a “historic tragedy” on the archipelago.
The man's shopping bill came up to $49,285.70 and most of it came from paying $450 a pop for 100 generators. Aside from that, he also purchased surplus amounts of peas, beans, coffee, salt, pepper, and other essentials. All these supplies are going to those in need on the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco which have taken a serious beating thanks to the Hurricane.
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"About 100 generators and a truckload of food and chainsaws are all going over by a boat on Thursday to Marsh Harbour in The Bahamas. It's terrible and I'm sure you've seen the photos," the farmer from Jacksonville told CNN on Wednesday. The man who made the purchase has chosen to remain anonymous saying that he wants to avoid drawing attention to himself and direct the focus on helping those affected by the Hurricane instead.
I know he doesn't want to be named but sir if you are seeing this know that you will be blessed thousand fold for your generous act and for encouraging many others. We might not all have as much as this man but whatever you can do/give do it with your whole heart.— 𝓑𝓻𝓾𝓷𝓮𝓵𝓭𝓪 (@Arrowkid21) September 5, 2019
"It's important that we help each other out. It's better than just sitting there," the man said. "You see a need and you fill it.". According to CNN, it was only when another individual, Alec Sprague, who was at Costco, overheard someone talking about a gigantic purchase of 100 generators, that they realized what the farmer had done. "I had to go up there to him and say, 'Thank you for doing this,'" Alec Sprague said. "I am so glad to see someone doing this."
Sprague managed to snap photos of the anonymous farmer from behind and of the many generators that he just purchased. The journey from Jacksonville to the Bahamas isn't a quick one by any means and transferring all the generators, food and supplies weren't going to be easy. The farmer said that trucks will drive the supplies to Stuart, Florida which is about 250 miles south of Jacksonville, where he has set up a storage facility there so the items could then be transported to the Bahamas by boat.
His receipt read $49,285.70 and most of that came from paying $450 a pop for 100 generators. Peas, beans, coffee, salt, pepper and other essentials made up the rest of his mega purchase from a Costco in Jacksonville, Florida https://t.co/tYVIsm2Hdg— CNN (@CNN) September 5, 2019
A friend of the anonymous farmer, Errol Thurston, who also happens to be a local Bahamian also spoke to CNN. Thurston is a boat captain who runs a guide service in Marsh Harbour, a town in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. The farmer met Thurston in the Bahamas and have been good friends since the early 2000s. Thurston's hometown was among the many places that were utterly destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, which has been classified as a Category 5 storm.
Thankfully there’s still a lot of kindness in the world. It’s just blurred through all of the nastiness right now!— Tris Resists (@TrisResists) September 5, 2019
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"We are trying to book a slot on a container ship that regularly services the Abacos and Grand Bahama," Thurston told CNN. "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." "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," he added.
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Thurston's wife Mercedes has been instrumental in making all this happen. She's a Florida native who calls Abaco home as well. "Abaco is my husband's home and it's my home, too. So we're heartbroken" she said. "They are the strongest people I've ever met in my life. They have the biggest hearts," she said. "I feel like it's our duty to step up and help them get back on their feet they will rebuild.