Punters may not be the flashiest athletes on the football field, but as this former soccer player is proving, they’re some of the most generous.
According to USA Today’s For The Win, Indianapolis Colts punter, Pat McAfee, is spreading holiday joy for the second year in a row by paying off 115 electricity bills for people in need.
As Fox 59 reports, Valerie Moore was one of the people lucky enough to have her bill paid by McAfee. She told Fox 59 that a friend called her to say she heard someone was paying off bills at IPL, the same electric company where Moore is a customer.
Moore admits she dropped everything she was doing at the moment to take her almost $400 utility bill to the office in hopes that it would be paid. She was scheduled to have her power disconnected on December 27th.
The 59-year-old told Fox 59 that money “is super tight” and when she was finally told she had an account balance of zero dollars, it restored her Christmas spirit.
While dropping off her own bill, Moore watched as others received the same good news:
“Two people at one time they came in together to pay their bill they stood there for about five minutes literally just crying for joy.”
At the time, Moore had no idea it was McAfee who was behind the kind gesture. Upon learning who the “generous stranger” was, she told Fox 59 that she’s always been a Colts fan, but will cheer even harder for McAfee now as a thank you for taking care of such a huge burden.Image Credit: Robin Marchant/Getty Images
She called what McAfee did for her family a “blessing”:
“…God Bless you, God bless you and thank you ever so much for blessing us.”
McAfee isn’t the first person to have ever paid a bill for a person in need, but what he did for those 115 customers reminds everyone what the holiday season is truly about.