School janitor stunned when Secret Santa elves show up at assembly with $5,000

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A Secret Santa has asked to help him give away $200,000 to deserving people and families living in east Idaho. From now until Christmas, Santa’s “elves” will be delivering surprises to many in our community. Some of the deliveries will be recorded – many will not. If you’d like to nominate someone for a Secret Santa surprise, click here.

Jerry Kahn has been the custodian at Edgemont Elementary in Idaho Falls for the past 18 years. He does his regular custodial duties and handles everything from broken items in the classroom to vomit or other messes without complaining.

He is the ultimate handyman, and his colleagues say the school has benefited from it. When students and faculty moved into a new building a few years ago, there were numerous old cabinets, bookcases, etc. that others may have thrown out. Jerry retrofitted many of these items into pieces that are a big benefit to the staff and students at Edgemont.

Jerry is very involved with his church. He and his wife spend many hours helping their fellow church members and the community as a whole. Every Sunday, Jerry drives his church’s van around to retirement homes as far away as Shelley to bring members to Sunday service.

Jerry Kahn was surprised during an assembly as Edgemont Elementary. | Natalia Hepworth,

When the Secret Santa heard about Jerry, he sent his elves to Edgemont Elementary to surprise him during a school assembly. It also happened to be his birthday!