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Secret Santa is back with $500,000 to gift to those in need

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UPDATE: We are no longer accepting nominations for 2019.

It’s our favorite time of year, and Secret Santa is back to gift more money than ever before!

For the fifth year in a row, a local man has asked to help find people and families living in eastern Idaho who are in need. Secret Santa is a real person who wants to remain anonymous and wants to help as many people as he can.

We will be surprising deserving people and families every day from now until Christmas with gifts unique to their circumstances.

This year he’s giving away $500,000 – a half a million dollars!

Of course, this can’t happen without you. We need help finding the most deserving people in our communities who have a real need, are doing the best they can with what they have and wouldn’t typically ask for a handout.

We hope to get nominations from school, community, medical and religious leaders along with employers, neighbors and friends.

Here are the rules:

  • You cannot nominate yourself. If you’re truly in desperate need of help, have someone nominate you.
  • Recipients must live in east Idaho.
  • Nominations will only be accepted by using the form below. Phone calls, emails, texts and Facebook messages to do not increase your chances of being chosen.

Secret Santa will decide who receives gifts and money. Beginning in November, the elves will surprise recipients until Christmas morning. Some of the reactions will be recorded and shared on

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

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