Florida man pays electric bills of families about to lose power for Christmas

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Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man who once spent a Christmas without electricity is paying it forward literally.

He paid the power bills for 36 families with past due accounts.

Mike Esmond says he will never forget Christmas in 1983 that he and his three daughters spent without heat and power because he couldn't pay his bill.

The 73-year-old small business owner went to the city of Gulf Breeze and requested a list of all past-due utility accounts.

Then he paid off all 36 of them, totaling about $4,600.

The city sent out cards notifying the residents of Esmond's act of kindness.

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