A Florida business owner who was once down on his luck is giving back by covering the utility bills of 114 families who were facing disconnection. Michael Esmond is no stranger to this good deed, as he did this last year, but what is becoming a tradition for him, has a major impact for others. Esmond donated $7,615.40 to pay for the past-due bills of 114 households, according to Joanne Oliver, the city's utility billing supervisor. "This year to me probably is more meaningful that last year with the pandemic and all the people out of work having to stay home," Esmond said.
Last year, Esmond paid $4,600 but upped it this year because there were so many families that needed just $100 to keep their lights on. "That really impacted me, that people can't even afford to pay a $100 bill on their utilities and things are so bad," Esmond said.
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