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Colts’ Punter Pat McAfee Pays Electric Bill For 115 Indianapolis Households To Ease Holiday Burden

Just a punter? Not so.

Pat McAffee of the Indianapolis Colts paid the electric bill for 115 Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) customers for a second straight year to make the holiday season a little less stressful.

In 2015, he took care of the cost for 83 households.

According to FOX59, the gesture went a long way.

On Friday afternoon, 58-year-old Valerie Moore got a phone call from a friend who told her someone was paying off people’s utility bills. Moore dropped everything and drove over to the IPL office.

“All I could do was throw my hands up in the air and just give her the bill,” said Moore.

Moore had a nearly $400 bill with a disconnection notice set for Dec. 27.

“Money is super tight. Gas bill, light bill, rent, car, food, it’s real tight,” said Moore.

When Moore handed the IPL employee her bill, she heard something she hasn’t heard in a long time. The employee told her she had a zero balance.

Customer after customer had their bills paid in full.

“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,” said Moore.

Moore has been on payment plans with IPL and has made sacrifices to keep the lights on.

“I don’t have a tree up, do you see any Christmas? There was no Christmas planning here. I didn’t plan for Christmas. I’ve been telling people I pay my bills, keep a roof over our heads. I don’t have money for Christmas, I just don’t,” said Moore.

That has to be a better feeling than sailing one inside the 5-yeard line.

Great move for a guy whose heart is as big as his leg.

Kim Constantinesco

Kim Constantinesco

As the founder and editor-in-chief of Purpose2Play.com, Kim Constantinesco dives under the surface hype to illuminate heroes in the sports world. Whether talking with the first man with cerebral palsy to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro, or the first woman to mountain bike across Afghanistan, Kim has a keen interest in shining the spotlight on ordinary people doing extraordinary things. She believes it's time media starts placing a higher value on the people and communities who are actively doing something to make the world a little better. Previously, she covered the Denver Broncos and the NFL for seven seasons. Her work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, The New York Times, and USA Today. She resides in Denver, CO. When not working, she can be found deep in the Rocky Mountains throwing backflips on her snowboard. Follow Kim on Twitter: @KimCon14
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