Hurricane Irma: Lowe’s customer gives last generator to fellow shopper

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by: Jason Kelly, WFTV ABC Channel 9 Orlando

>>>ORLANDO, Fla. – Natural disasters often cause death and destruction, but the looming threat of Hurricane Irma has brought out the best in some Central Florida residents.

Customers have gone store-to-store searching for plywood, drinking water, gas cans and generators, many leaving empty-handed.

Managers at the Lowe’s store at South Semoran Boulevard and Lake Margaret Drive near Orlando’s Conway neighborhood said they received a surprise shipment of 216 generators at about 7 a.m. Thursday. All were sold within two hours.

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Pam Brekke, who traveled almost 30 miles from her Sanford home to the Orlando store, was next in line to purchase a generator when she watched workers load the final unit onto a cart for the customer who was standing before her in line.

Brekke said she spent days staring at empty store shelves.

“My father’s on oxygen, and I’m worried about this storm,” she said while wiping tears from her eyes.

Customer Ramon Santiago randomly approached Brekke and gave her the generator he was going to buy without knowing why she was in tears.

“She need the generator,” said Santiago, whose first language isn’t English. “It’s OK. No worry for them.”

The two embraced and Santiago continued his shopping.

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© 2017 Cox Media Group.

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

Brekke said it’s encouraging to see people help one another during such a stressful time.

Store managers said they’re unsure if they’ll receive another shipment of generators since each store in the state needs more.

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Calls To Suicide Prevention Hotlines Increased By 50 Percent After Logic’s VMA Performance Of “1-800-273-8255”

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By BEN DANDRIDGE-LEMCO, thefader.com

Towards the end of the 2017 MTV VMAs last Sunday, Logic took the stage with Khalid and Alessia Cara to perform “1-800-273-8255,” his track about his own struggles with severe depression and suicide prevention.

The rapper was also joined by suicide attempt survivors, who wore t-shirts with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s phone number. As CNN reports, calls to the lifeline increased by 50 percent following the performance.

“It’s not just about the calls; it’s about increasing awareness about suicide, and suicide prevention in particular,” John Draper, director of the lifeline, told CNN. “The calls don’t even begin to count the number of people who, just by listening to the song and hearing the lyrics, feel more hopeful and less alone.”

Watch Logic’s performance with Khalid and Alessia Cara below.

10 Hurricane Harvey Stories That Will Give You Hope For America

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View Original Story: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-30/10-hurricane-harvey-stories-will-give-you-hope-america

by Tyler Durden, zerohedge.com

Authored by Daisy Luther via The Organic Prepper blog,

While it’s true there are a lot of stories about division and heartlessnessthere are many stories coming out of storm-torn Texas that will give you hope for humanity again.

Kindness and love for our neighbors isn’t dead, despite a politically divided country. This is proof that we can work together and give selflessly.

This isn’t to underplay the death and destruction, but to highlight our humanity in the face of disaster.

Below, you can find 10 of my favorite heart-warming stories so far.

1. Four teenage boys rescued more than 50 people in Houston.  After waking up to discover his beloved truck was under water, a 17-year-old Texas boy enlisted his younger brother and two other teens to get on a fishing boat and rescue more than 50 people – and their pets – and bring them to the safety of a local shelter. (source)

2. Members of the Cajun Navy resuscitated an elderly woman found floating face-down in the flood water.As they were guiding their boat down a waterway that was formerly a road, three volunteers realized that what they initially thought was debris was an elderly woman. They jumped in and began resuscitating her in the water, saving her life. They were able to reunite her with her family and say she is doing well. This isn’t the first time that the Cajun Navy has thrown themselves wholeheartedly into a rescue effort, and Houston is welcoming their contributions. (source)

3. When a stranded woman went into labor, a human chain, a fire department, and a dump truck got her to the hospital. Luckily for a woman who went into labor early, the neighborhood worked together to get her to the hospital in time to give birth. As her new baby girl required intensive care immediately after she was born, it was a good thing that she was not born at home. (source)

FIREFIGHTERS SHOWED UP thank god.

They used a human chain to get her safely to the truck!! (Video shot by my roommate) Happy thoughts & prayers to the new parents!  pic.twitter.com/nlEaa9J8E4

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4.  Some employees who were stranded at a bakery by the flood made bread for hungry survivors. The bakers were stuck at the bakery for two days, but instead of being idle, they worked all night long to make hundreds of loaves of pan dulce bread to help nourish fellow flood victims. (source)

5. Bass Pro provided 80 boats for search and rescue efforts. When Houston officials ran out of boats, they asked for volunteers with boats to come and help out. Bass Pro answered the call with the use of 80 of their boats and $40,000 in emergency supplies. (source)

6. Two furniture stores turned their locations into pet-friendly shelters. Mattress Mac welcomed displaced residents, their children, and their pets into their stores to provide them with a comfortable place to stay. (source)

7. A storm chaser rescued a lost dog. A storm chaser stopping for gas on his way home was surprised when a bedraggled dog hopped into his Jeep. After he posted a photo on social media, he was able to connect with the dog’s owner and return him. (source)

8A reporter and camera crew in a boat rescued a stranded family shouting for help. As the crew went past a home, they heard people calling for a help. The family’s home was being flooded with waist-high water. Their elderly mother suffered from Alzheimer’s. They were helped onto the boat and taken to shelter. (source)

9Not one to let a disaster get him down, this man caught a fish in his living room. Watch these three videos…

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10. Anheiser Busch stopped producing beer to can water. The Georgia brewery stopped production to provide 155,000 cans of safe drinking water for flood victims.

We’re sending more than 155,000 cans of emergency drinking water to those affected by . Stay safe everyone.

These stories go to show you that we can all look past race, politics, and religious disagreements to help our neighbors, keep our spirits up, and perform acts of kindness. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could continue acting like neighbors after the disaster has passed?