Home Best Gifts Sixth grade teacher weeps opening unexpected gift from Secret Santa

Sixth grade teacher weeps opening unexpected gift from Secret Santa

by East Idaho News

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The EastIdahoNews.com team is busy helping a local Secret Santa give $1 million to deserving people in eastern Idaho this holiday season. Every day, from now until Christmas, we will post videos of the recipients being surprised with these life-changing gifts.

Jen is a sixth grade teacher and shares custody of her three kids with her ex-husband.

In September, her oldest child Brylee was admitted into EIRMC for pneumonia. Over the next few days, her symptoms became worse and her kidneys started to have issues. She was flown to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake where doctors determined she had a form of Vasculitis called GPA.

Jen had to take a leave of absence from her teaching job and stay with Brylee in Utah. Brylee has been in and out of the hospital and had a few procedures and surgeries. It’s a long road to recovery and Jen is working to figure out what’s next after taking a leave of absence from her job.

Secret Santa asked the East Idaho News elves if we could pay Jen a visit to drop off some early Christmas gifts. She was tough to catch but once we did, it was a pleasure meeting her. Check out the surprise in the video player above!

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Johnathon Andrew November 24, 2022 - 5:57 am

The love she has for her children is evident to see. Merry Christmas

Aashish Pradhan November 24, 2022 - 6:41 am

Secret great job 🙏🙏🙏🙏👏👏👏

Honeylette C November 24, 2022 - 6:44 am

Beverly November 24, 2022 - 6:54 am

Thank you Secret Santa!

Barry Holiday November 24, 2022 - 7:05 am

Why doesn’t Idaho have a good hospital?

whitehilux November 24, 2022 - 7:07 am

Thank you secret santa….

TJ November 24, 2022 - 7:47 am

I kept waiting for this precious little man say: “and God bless us everyone.”

jydeinden November 24, 2022 - 8:33 am

those two boys are sooo sweet <3

John Bacon November 24, 2022 - 9:13 am

Great youngsters there….. and an awesome set of gifts…… I hope her daughter has a good recovery, and so good to hear she has a job to return too…. SS and the Team smash it yet again.

Steve Murrell November 24, 2022 - 11:54 am

That was a beauty…. I hope they have a wonderful Xmas and all the best to the daughter. Get well!

Kenneth Grzegorzewski November 24, 2022 - 2:35 pm

God bless this family and prayers to the little girl.

christiannielsen November 24, 2022 - 2:58 pm

That is a sweet son.

JoDee Dunn November 24, 2022 - 5:42 pm


ABfromWindsor November 25, 2022 - 3:28 pm

Secret Santa you are more then amazing and the joy that you have been giving to people in need just leaves me speechless. You are truly an Angel and so are your Elves who deliver your kindness and joy to so many.😊😊😊

Juliana Linzey November 25, 2022 - 4:23 pm

Does the child now have Cardiac issues? Did the child get COVID inoculations?

Arielle SoulLighting November 25, 2022 - 6:18 pm

👏😍 BTW Andrea is a station keeper! She doesn't take attention away from whoever is speaking, but her face and body language show she is fully engaged with the story being told. She is really good at interviewing and (I suspect) meant to be doing broadcasting!

Tina Marcum November 25, 2022 - 6:21 pm

Me sitting here without any kleenex, stupid me.

rob duncan November 26, 2022 - 1:31 am

for me its not about the money amount, whether or not they got a car, its to see a massive burden lifted off of them. so they can put more effort into the burden that is putting the most weight on them, their families lives.

Ronald Miears November 26, 2022 - 4:47 am

I wished I had money i would help people in need in my neighborhood it is so much needed

María Emilia Negrón November 26, 2022 - 4:54 am

Oh Lord I love it, she seems so honest

Sean Maloney November 26, 2022 - 5:05 am

Her son is amazing,what an awesome mum

Maggie May November 26, 2022 - 7:57 am

I can't watch these videos without balling my head off … And those two little boys are priceless sons … I love them all .. XXXOoOO

Sonja Baris November 26, 2022 - 2:14 pm

Great boys!!! ☺

Barry Brazil November 26, 2022 - 2:29 pm

I absolutely love these secret Santa videos.

Marianne Ritchie November 26, 2022 - 2:53 pm

Now that’s awesome! One happy family!

R. Jelly November 26, 2022 - 2:59 pm

These videos bring us so much Christmas spirit! Keep it up! Thank you Secret Santa for the joy you bring to others. Merry Christmas everyone!

Katherine keon November 26, 2022 - 4:13 pm

Thank you secret Santa for making the lives of women and men and children better. Thank you for trickling down. The lower middle classes work and hold up the world. The 1%, sometimes look back and trickle down it's rare. Secret Santa you give me Faith every year as you hand out love to so many and so much needed help that will change their lives forever.

Katherine keon November 26, 2022 - 4:18 pm

That oldest son is the young man of the house that's for sure. Oh my gosh my heart breaks for him. My son is like that it's my only child. And we have worked through this world together. When that little boy said that would help so much. I prayed to God please take more of the weight of the world up in that little boy. He's helping his mama hold up the weight of the world. I wish no child knew how hard us women have it and men too but mostly us women us moms we carry the family load and it is so heavy. We love our children so much and we want so much for them.

Lynda November 26, 2022 - 8:17 pm

Those kids were so sweet..keeping a secret……those boys ..take care of mom…food,rent, …..worry is taken care of…

Meme November 26, 2022 - 11:40 pm


CiCi Kids November 27, 2022 - 12:41 am

Omg that boy loves his mom. Adorable

tee November 27, 2022 - 2:44 am

Thank you Secret Santa. Been watching from Washington, DC for the last several years. Brought me to tears. Love & Kindness 🙌🏻

Stoked2Bhere November 27, 2022 - 8:05 am

This one definitely got me! Great kids, great family, great gifts, great video!


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