Web Exclusive: Veteran plays Secret Santa; pays power bills

(CNN/WXIA) - During the holiday season it's not unusual to hear of big giveaways and people handing out gifts, but a veteran's spontaneous bill paying spree left more than a dozen power customers speechless.

At the time, the office was full.  There were two long lines of people waiting to part ways with a piece of their income in order to keep the lights on.  Then, he walked in.

"He had such a glow on his face," said Customer Service Representative Athena Brewer.  The Georgia Power office in Stockbridge was filled with people when the vet, who told employees he was homeless just a year ago, entered to pay his electric bill.

The man overheard Customer Service Representative Glendis Harris talking to a woman who was short on cash. He opened his wallet.

"Then he turned around and was like, anybody want their bill paid?" said Harris. "He said Merry Christmas to everybody, and he started paying bills," said Glendis Harris, Customer Service Rep.

100 dollars here, 150 there.  The man spent at least fifteen hundred dollars giving light to others.  But he wasn't finished, he left only to return a short time later with a handful of cash.

This time Athena Brewer watched as he helped a woman so far behind on her bills, her power had been cut off.

"She was crying. I said okay, you're going to make me cry. She said no one had ever helped her like that," said Athena Brewer. 

A day later, even customers who missed out on the generosity were glowing.  "The man upstairs works in mysterious ways," said customer Gladstone Gordon. "It's good. Those who were supposed to get it, got it. I wasn't here to get it, but it makes me happy."

The mystery man told employees here he didn't plan his bill paying spree, that he was moved by the customers struggling to make ends meet. That is the power of the season.


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