In a true humanitarian gesture, Mike Esmond, 74, of Gulf Stream, Florida, paid off $7,000 worth of outstanding utility bills for 114 of his neighbors who were facing cut-off deadlines. And it's not the first time he's done this.
Last year he spent $4,600 to ensure community members in need wouldn't go without basic services during the holidays. "This year to me is probably more meaningful than last year, with the pandemic, and all the people out of work and having to stay home," he said. "Hurricane Sally slammed us pretty good and hurt a lot of people. We still have a lot of blue roofs here -- where they're just covered with tarps."