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Man Paid Off 36 Families' Utility Bills For the Holidays #GoodVibes

With Jason Pullman

December 20, 2019

Back in the 1980s, Michael Esmond was having a very difficult time paying his bills. His gas was completely shut off and he had no heat for the entire winter. Even though he lived in Florida, this happened during the coldest season the state has ever seen. 

Since that time Esmond has changed his life around and now is the owner of Gulf Breeze Pools & Spa near Pensacola. 

The other day he received his current utility bill and while he can totally afford it, he immediately thought about that rough winter 30 years ago.

He knows what it is like to struggle to make ends meet and never wants any families to feel that way, especially during the holidays, which is why Esmond paid off 36 families' bills!

He spent $4,600 to give his neighbors in the Gulf Breeze community "a happier Christmas and take a little bit of stress out." 

One of the community members said it was the most heartfelt gesture and she is incredibly thankful for Edmond and his kindness.

To their relief, the families received holiday cards -- not warnings. They read:

"It is our honor and privilege to inform you that your past due utility bill has been paid by Gulf Breeze Pools & Spas. You can rest easier this holiday season knowing you have one less bill to pay. On behalf of Gulf Breeze Pools & Spas we here at the City of Gulf Breeze would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season." #GoodVibes