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Secret Santa is back with $1 million to give away this Christmas

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It’s our favorite time of year, and Secret Santa is back to bless more people than ever before! He’s giving away $1 million in cash, cars, gift cards and more to deserving individuals in our community.

For the seventh 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 hopes to help as many people as he can.


We need your 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 will be surprising them from now until Christmas with gifts unique to their circumstances.


Here are the rules:

  • You cannot nominate yourself. If you’re truly in desperate need of help, have someone else 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. The East Idaho News elves will surprise recipients until Christmas morning. Many of the reactions will be recorded and shared on
  • Before you submit a nomination, please read the answers to these frequently asked questions.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Click here to submit a name to Secret Santa.

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  • Make sure you've read the instructions above carefully.

  • Be very specific and give as many details as you can. We get thousands of nominations, so explain why yours is extra special.
  • Please list specific needs of the nominee.
  • Who can tell us more?

    Besides you (we'll ask for your info later), who can we talk to so we can find out more about the needs of the person you're nominating?

    List at least two people (not you) outside of nominee's family, such as a religious leader, work supervisor, school or community leader, who can tell us more about the nominee's circumstances.

  • First reference

    Remember: references aren't you or the nominee.

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  • Second reference

  • Third reference

    A third reference is optional but helpful.

  • About you

    Now please tell us about yourself.