FORT MYERS BEACH
Twelve families were surprised with new RVs after losing everything in the storm.
Those 12 families thought they were just getting some free barbeque on Fort Myers Beach but instead, they got an RV.
Debra and Billy Cole were the first people that were surprised today.
This was all made possible because of Stephen Deleonardis, he’s a YouTuber who wanted to give back to his home state after the devastation left behind by Hurricane Ian.
Debra and Billy said Deleonardis’ donation brings them back to when they first met.
She lived in Spain and he was a pilot in Connecticut.
“He said, I can’t do it anymore. You’re going to have to move back to the states. So I moved back to the states. He had a nice big house in Litchfield. That was nice. But you know where he met, you know, where he took me to a trailer,” Debra said.
Bill said she met him while he lived in a trailer he called ‘The Holiday Cottage.’
“I loved it. So this is kind of like a full circle for you guys is a full circle. Unbelievable.
Work worked. We’ve worked our way up,” Debra said.
Deleonardis said he is happy to help in a time of need.
“I felt amazing. Just knowing that they had a house they lost house now they have someone the house is a two bedroom, full kitchen full bath everything so they have something to fall on,” Deleonardis said.
Of all the families Deleonardis and his friends knew of they randomly selected 12 to each receive an RV.
“I heard that there was a barbecue on the beach. And they said, ‘Debbie, you gotta go over there. There’s a rally and they’re gonna. I don’t know, they’re gonna hand out something.’ I didn’t know what it was. But anyway, so we like got my husband together. He’s been horrible right now. He’s grumpy. He’s sitting in the car,” Debra said.
Debra and Billy’s next steps are to move the RV to her property and salvage what they can of their belongings and start living in it.
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