Veteran Drops $2,000 To Pay Strangers' Power Bills

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Stockbridge, GA (WXIA) -- Curtis Butler just can't stop giving.

For the second time in two weeks, the military veteran arrived at the Georgia Power building in Stockbridge with a handful of cash ready to pay the bills of strangers.

"God can't stop blessing us," said Curtis. "Why should we stop blessing others?"

On Monday, Curtis was paying his own power bill when he overheard a couple struggling to make ends meet. He paid their bill, then turned to others in the crowded lobby. Before the day was done, Curtis had forked over more than $2-thousand dollars to help more than a dozen Georgia Power customers.

"Just being thankful for what I have," said Curtis. "I'm not rich but when you can put a smile on someone's face, that's a major blessing."

Curtis knows about struggling to pay the bills. After serving two tours in Iraq, he returned to the United States with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There were problems with his military benefits that took time to resolve. In the meantime, Curtis spent some time living in his car on the streets of El Paso, Texas.

Now, he has his benefits and an apartment in Henry County. He's about to get married.

"Last year, I'm sleeping in my car," said Curtis. "This year I'm making somebody's holiday dreams come true."

Curtis Butler's identity was a mystery when 11Alive first reported on his random act of kindness. The next day, Butler contacted 11Alive, coming forward to explain why he performed his generous act.

He is also looking to focus more attention on the plight of veterans with post traumatic stress, and those who have had to deal with homelessness. Butler has written a book on the subject, and has a website to promote his efforts.

He plans to donate some of the proceeds from book sales to help vets.

Meanwhile, the Georgia Power customers he helped are singing his praises.

"I was in awe," said Michael Guice. "It was my first time seeing how well God works through men."

Quiana Cherry's home was without electricity, until Butler paid her bill. He even provided a little extra for her 3-year-old son.

"It was an angel sent from heaven, like I hit the lottery," said Cherry. "Thank God for him."

On Wednesday, Butler visited an ATM so he could help even more people. He paid the bill of a woman whose power had been out for seven days.

"God tells you something, and once you hear his voice, you know it's the right thing to do," said Butler.

Once homeless himself, Curtis Butler now feels right at home in the arms of generosity.

Written By: Jerry Carnes, WXIA


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