In the 1980s, Michael Esmond from Gulf Breeze, FL, struggled to pay his utility bills while raising three daughters. It was the coldest winter, with temperature in the single digits. Regardless, the gas company shut off the gas leaving the family with no heat.
Having gone through that, Michael understands the struggles people are going through. He was motivated to give back when he has the means to do it.
Last year, Michael Esmond had already paid the utility bills of 36 families in Gulf Breeze. This year, he’s at it again.
With both Hurricane Sally and COVID-19 this year, more families are struggling. Michael increased his donation from $4,600 last year to $7,615.40 this year. He was able to help 114 families.
Those residents will be receiving holiday cards, notifying them about their paid bills.
This year, Michael Esmond’s business, Gulf Breeze Pools and Spas, has been doing very well. He shared that he’s “had a good year, and that’s why [he wants] to share what [he has] with the people who need it.”
What can you do today to show kindness?
Michael Esmond doesn’t forget where he came from but is motivated to do better because of it. He used that fuel to help others who are struggling around him. What struggles have you experienced in the past that you can rely on to help struggling people right now?
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