She was hunting for a generator, waiting for empty shelves to be restocked - and her search was growing desperate.
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She told WESH in Orlando that her father is on oxygen and her wife is not well, either.
With Irma expected to hit Florida this weekend, likely as a Category 4 storm, time was quickly running out. So she hopped in her vehicle on Thursday, made the journey from her home in Sanford, and got in line. But when she arrived at a Lowes in Orlando, the last generator sold to the customer in line right before her.
"I'm very overwhelmed by that man", Brekke said. If there were one more generator, it would have been hers.
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Brekke gave Ramon Santiago a big hug, crying tears of thanks.
But then-amid the frantic search for plywood, gas cans and everything else-a random act of kindness.
"She needs the generator", he said.
Brekke and Santiago embraced as a reporter caught the exchange on camera and posted it to Facebook. Santiago doesn't speak English fluently, so he didn't know why Brekke needed the generator - only that she did.
"Everything is okay", he told her before returning to his shopping.