The EastIdahoNews.com team is busy helping a local Secret Santa give $1 million to deserving people in eastern Idaho this holiday season.
Connie is proof that angels walk among us. She doesn’t have much to give but can brighten the dark corners of a room with her very presence. Connie shares her life knowledge with others and always lends a sympathetic ear. She has an “attitude of gratitude” and actively notices the good in others and in life.
When she isn’t volunteering to work her co-worker’s shifts so they can spend time with their families, she is caring for her disabled adult daughter and crocheting dishcloths and coasters for every employee’s birthday. She is the epitome of selfless and thoughtful service.
Connie has undergone many surgeries with her most recent in October. She bounces back quickly and gets back to work so she can provide for her and her daughter’s needs. She is a cancer survivor and a widow. She does not let her age (74) or declining health hold her back. She is known as the “Energizer Bunny” at work.
In addition to the stress of caring for her disabled daughter and her own health issues, Connie recently totaled her car. She has no savings and is unable to cover the deductible to have it repaired or replaced. Her car still runs but it is on its last leg. The hood no longer opens and is held together with duct tape. It is a matter of time before she will not be able to drive it any longer.
Secret Santa asked the East Idaho News elves to surprise Connie with an early Christmas gift. Check out the surprise in the video player above.