JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --One First Coast family will have a Merry Christmas after a Secret Santa stepped up to help them after a grinch stole the family's Christmas presents.
The Secret Santa, an anonymous viewer, wanted to be sure the family had presents under their tree this year.
In the words of the anonymous Secret Santa, what this family has gone through is awful. No children should have to be without Christmas gifts.
The past 72 hours were hard for Monique and her family. This past Friday, according to a JSO report, someone broke into their home.
The victim, who is going by Monique to protect her identity, said thieves stole $600 in Christmas gifts for her five boys, and killed the family dog.
"I've been kind of emotional this morning," Monique said, "just thinking about everything that's happened to me and my family."
Monique thought Christmas wasn't going to happen, but an anonymous viewer changed that. He gave First Coast News $600 for the family to buy new gifts.
"To that family that's doing this for my family," Monique said as tears began to stream down her face, "thank you so much. We really appreciate this."
So, money in hand, off Monique went to the Target on Roosevelt Boulevard.
"I don't know where to start at," Monique said with a big smile as she and two of her best friends walked their shopping carts down the aisle.
"I wanted a remote controlled car," Monique said as she shopped.
"This is a boat, these are boats," Target store manager, Mike, told Monique as he showed her a shelf full of toys.
Monique even had a personal shopper provided by Target.
After ringing up her final purchases, carts full of Christmas gifts for her children, her total bill came to $599. "Thank you," Monique said with a smile.
After taking in the carts full of goodies being brought to her, she said she was "just blessed, really just blessed. We've got Christmas again!"
Now, Monique's family can now have happier holidays, all thanks to the kindness of a stranger.
First Coast News