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Single Dad of 7 Suprised With $10,000 From Secret Santa for Some Christmas Cheer | “Thank You for Being That Light”
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Single Dad of 7 Suprised With $10,000 From Secret Santa for Some Christmas Cheer | “Thank You for Being That Light”

Nelson says he’s overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers and plans to put the Secret Santa money to good use.

Cover Image Source: GoFundMe | Dakota Nelson
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Holidays are a difficult time and more so for large families. It gets more and more difficult for single parents. Dakota Nelson was forced to work three jobs to take care of his seven children, aged 1 through 16 after his wife unexpectedly passed away in 2018. Nelson discovered his 38-year-old wife Ream unconscious and lying on the ground outside their house. “We were working in the garage, goofing around and having fun, and I came back and she just was dead on the ground basically,” Nelson told the East Idaho News. Having our children witness this is unthinkable,” he added. According to doctors, she had been without oxygen to her brain for over 20 minutes. Before she passed away in September 2018, she spent weeks in a coma for three months.

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The family was struggling with their unimaginable loss during the holidays that year. However, a stranger decided to bring some Christmas cheer to them by gifting the family $10,000.

Image Source: GoFundMe / Dakota Nelson
Image Source: GoFundMe / Dakota Nelson

 

Nelson was surprised with the $10,000 by East Idaho News, who arrived at his house. “Secret Santa asked we take him a $1,000 in gift cards, also $1,000 to another store and an $8,000 check", the news organization employee Nate Eaton describes the details of the surprise. Nelson broke down in tears as he was overcome with grief and joy at the same time.