She hasn’t had heat in her home for years but Secret Santa just changed that
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EastIdahoNews.com is spreading Christmas cheer with the help of a Secret Santa who asked us to help him give away $250,000 this holiday season.
Nominations are being accepted until Christmas day for individuals and families truly in need. Every nomination is read, and Secret Santa decides how he can best help as many people as possible. The EastIdahoNews.com elves surprise the recipients and record many of their reactions. Some stories are too sensitive to share publicly, but we hope you feel the Christmas spirit as you watch and share these videos with your friends and family members.
We are no longer accepting submissions for Secret Santa 2018. Thank you for helping Secret Santa make this Christmas special for so many.
Vonda Zaugg’s husband passed away from cancer seven years ago rather unexpectedly. Before his death, Vonda spent her life as a stay-at-home mother of 6. She has spent the last seven years working to do all she can to provide for her family.
The heat pump in Vonda’s home has been failing for years. She has tried to do all she can to qualify for grants and work to get the heat pump replaced, but has not been able to get funding required to get a new pump – which could cost somewhere between $6,000-$8,000.
As a single mother trying to put her kids, and herself, through school, as well as provide for her family, an amount like that is not small. Right now the current heat pump runs constantly but still can not manage to keep the house above 63 degrees. The constant running of the heat pump adds the additional stress of an increased electric bill.
Secret Santa wanted to solve the problem and asked the EastIdahoNews.com elves to visit Vonda with an early Christmas present. Watch the video above to see the surprise!