Florida man buys 100 generators to send to the Bahamas

"It's important that we help each other out. It's better than just sitting there."

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September 05, 2019 - 8:47 am

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(KMOX/AP) - A man in Florida stepped up this week to perform a random act of kindness hoping to help those recovering from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

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The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, walked into a Costco in Florida and purchased about 100 generators. Another customer at the store thanked the man via a Facebook post:

"It's important that we help each other out. It's better than just sitting there," the anonymous donor said, according to CNN. "You see a need and you fill it."

The generators cost about $450 apiece and totaled more than $49,000. 

The death toll has reached 20 people after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas this week, as it has pushed up the southeastern U.S. coast as a Category 3 hurricane.

For days, the hurricane had pounded the Bahamas with winds up to 185 mph (295 kph) and torrential rains, swamping neighborhoods in brown floodwaters and destroying or severely damaging, by one estimate, nearly half the homes in Abaco and Grand Bahama, which have 70,000 residents.

The Bahamian government sent hundreds of police and marines into the stricken islands, along with doctors, nurses and other health care workers. The U.S. Coast Guard, Britain's Royal Navy and relief organizations including the United Nations and the Red Cross joined the burgeoning effort to rush food and medicine to survivors and lift the most desperate people to safety by helicopter.

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