A Secret Santa in Idaho Is Giving Away $250,000 to People Who Need Help
Another day, another anonymous Secret Santa helping people out.
For the fourth year in a row, someone in Idaho is handing out big checks to people for the holidays. And this year, they’re giving away a QUARTER-OF-A-MILLION BUCKS.
They’re working with a local news station and asking viewers to nominate people who DESERVE help. The only conditions are you can’t nominate yourself, and the person has to live in east Idaho.
They’re accepting names up until Christmas. But they’re already handing money out.
Last week, the station surprised a single dad named Dakota Nelson, who lost his wife of 17 years this past fall. She was only 38, but collapsed in their garage back in July, and then passed away in September. And she left SEVEN KIDS behind.
Obviously it’s all been incredibly hard on Dakota and their kids, including financially. So SEVERAL people nominated him. And last week, a reporter surprised him with $2,000 in gift cards, plus a check for EIGHT GRAND.
He got pretty emotional and wanted to know who to thank. Then he broke down when they told him the gift was anonymous.
There’s also a GoFundMe that was set up by his wife’s sister when she collapsed. Last we checked it was still active, if you’d like to contribute.
(Here are photos of Dakota, his wife Ream, and their kids.)