Esmond said he can sympathize with people behind on their bills. He’s been there before.
"Back in the 80s I actually lived that," Esmond told WEAR-TV. "I experienced a time where I had trouble paying bills. And we actually had the gas disconnected. It happened to be one of the coldest winters in history."
So, instead of receiving disconnection notices, families received cards with the good news, WEAR reported.
“It is our honor and privilege to inform you that your past due utility bill has been paid by Gulf Breeze Pools & Spas," the note read. "You can rest earlier 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.”
Angela Cascio was one of the people whose bills were paid. The mother of four was stunned when she received the card.
"Without (Gulf Breeze Pools) paying that bill, my kids' Christmases would have greatly suffered," Cascio told the News Journal in a Facebook message Monday. "Angels absolutely walk among us, and they are the epitome of kindness and what 'paying it forward' means to me."