(TMU) — Rescue crews and residents of the Bahamas are still continuing to pick up the pieces after the destruction that hurricane Dorian brought to the island over the weekend. It is still unclear how many lives were lost in the storm or how long it will take to rebuild.
However, there are people all over the world who are willing to help, and there have been many charitable efforts seen in the days since Dorian left the region. In one case, a shopper at a Costco store in Jacksonville, Florida was spotted purchasing over 100 generators, along with food and other supplies, for shipping to hurricane victims in the Bahamas.
After the Florida man’s act of kindness was discovered by other shoppers, he explained his plans, but asked to remain anonymous, because he wasn’t seeking any kind of attention or praise.
He allowed fellow shopper Alec Sprague to photograph him from behind as he was buying the generators, which were said to cost him roughly $50,000. The total bill reportedly came out to be $49,285.70, but it can safely be assumed that making such a large shipment was not cheap either.
“All I could do was shake his hand and thank him! There still are good people in the world!” Sprague wrote on his Facebook page when he posted the photos.
Was just in Cosco off Collins getting a generator (at $450 each) and this guy right here is purchasing over 100…
The anonymous Florida man later spoke with CNN, describing himself only as a “farmer” from Florida, saying that he had people waiting in the Bahamas to deliver the supplies.
“About 100 generators and a truck load of food and chainsaws are all going over by boat on Thursday to Marsh Harbour in The Bahamas. It’s terrible and I’m sure you’ve seen the photos,” he said.
“It’s important that we help each other out. It’s better than just sitting there. You see a need and you fill it,” he added.
He explained that the supplies were being shipped by boat to workers with the Errol Thurston Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund. Errol Thurston, who runs the charity, is reportedly a long-time friend of the anonymous farmer, and they have been coordinating about relief efforts since the storm began.
Thurston told CNN that his charity was using large shipping containers and airplanes to get the supplies where they needed to go. He also said that there were hundreds of local captains with boats on standby, ready to take supplies to the island.
Later that day, Thurston posted photos to his own Facebook page showing that the items were being successfully delivered.