As Hurricane Dorian neared the U.S. coast after battering the Bahamas, Florida residents prepared for the worst. While most people were stocking up on supplies to ride out the storm, one man decided to help out the people of the Bahamas.
Alec Sprague was at Costco to buy a generator when he noticed another customer was buying 100 generators, which cost $450 each, for the people of the Bahamas. He snapped a photo of the generous donor from behind and shared the story on Facebook.
"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!" Sprague wrote. "All I could do was shake his hand and thank him! There still are good people in the world!"
In total, the man spent $49,285.70 to buy the generators along with food and other necessary supplies for people living in the Bahamas.
The man, who did not wish to be identified, explained to CNN that he just wants to help out the people who lost everything when Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas as a devastating Category 5 storm.
"It's important that we help each other out. It's better than just sitting there," he said. "You see a need, and you fill it."
The man is working with a close friend, Errol Thurston, who is a ship captain in the Bahamas. Thurston is trying to get the supplies loaded onto a container ship, but if he is unable to arrange that, he will work with his network of friends to commandeer enough boats, and maybe even a few planes, to ensure the supplies make it the Bahamas.
"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."
Hurricane Dorian continues to inch up the coast and strengthened into a Category 3 storm before bringing flooding rains and damaging winds to the Carolinas. Dorian is expected to remain a hurricane for several more days as it continues north toward New England.