Widower with 7 kids cried tears of gratitude after stranger gave him a Christmas gift

Rebelander Basilan
Dec 10, 2018
05:01 A.M.

Dakota Nelson, a single parent to seven kids, was overcome with emotion and burst into tears after he got a Christmas present from an unknown donor.


Recently, East Idaho News appeared to Dakota’s home to surprise him with $10,000. The heartwarming moment was captured on video.

“Secret Santa asked we take him a $1,000 in gift cards, also $1,000 to another store and an $8,000 check,” Nate Eaton, who works for the news outlet, can be heard saying in the video.

Dakota was left totally confused. He couldn't hold back his tears as he saw all the zeros.

Source: YouTube/FOX NEWS TODAY

Source: YouTube/FOX NEWS TODAY

Follow us on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa, to learn more and scroll down to watch the video below.


On July 11, 2018, Dakota and his wife Ream Nelson was puttering around in the garage. They were giggling and goofing around.

Source: YouTube/FOX NEWS TODAY

Source: YouTube/FOX NEWS TODAY

At a certain point, Dakota left the garage for a couple of minutes to grab some tools. When he returned, he found Ream unconscious and lying on the ground.

Dakota attempted CPR while their 11-year-old son called 911. Ream was immediately taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls.

Source: YouTube/FOX NEWS TODAY

Source: YouTube/FOX NEWS TODAY


“We were working in the garage, goofing around and having fun, and [I] came back, and she just was dead on the ground basically,” Dakota told the East Idaho News.


According to doctors, Ream had lacked oxygen to her brain for over 20 minutes. She was in a coma for weeks before she died on September 30.

Source: YouTube/FOX NEWS TODAY

Source: YouTube/FOX NEWS TODAY

Before Ream died, a GoFundMe page was created for the Nelson family.

Dakota was abruptly left to raise their seven children, ages 1 through 16. He currently works three jobs as he adjusts to life as a single parent.

As reported by East Idaho News, a mystery Santa asked them to take Dakota and his youngsters an early Christmas present.

The father's jaw dropped when he opened the gift. He then cried tears of gratitude.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Prince's Estate Battle Lasted 6 Years: Who Got His Millions Following the Court's Decision

November 10, 2023

Pregnant Woman’s Fiancé Cheats on Her — 5 Years Later, She Hears His ‘Full-on Ugly Cry’ over the Phone

February 06, 2024

Ricky Nelson's Twins Were Left with $26 – They Didn't Have 'The Rosy Life' Everyone Thought Following Dad's Sudden Death

December 31, 2023

Macaulay Culkin Shows Off Youngest Son for the First Time in Public Event: ‘What a Doll’

December 04, 2023

People Share Shocking Family Secrets That Changed Their Lives

February 21, 2024

Dad Becomes Teary-Eyed upon Seeing Present His Daughter Got Him for Christmas: 'I've Been Waiting 30 Years'

January 13, 2024

Wife Hides on Balcony, Sees Husband Enter Bedroom with Their Son’s Teacher – Story of the Day

February 14, 2024

A Rare Glimpse into the Modest Ranch Where Rosalynn Carter Took Her Last Breath at 96

November 20, 2023

Charlie Chaplin Had 11 Children with 3 Women & Some of His Kids Became Actors Too

January 14, 2024

Man Spends All Time with Bedridden Wife, She Vanishes as He Leaves House One Day – Story of the Day

March 07, 2024

Boy, 8, Was Killed Holding His Dad's Hand While His Heartbroken Mom Ran over 1.3 Miles to See Him

December 06, 2023

My Husband Asked Me Why I Survived a Tragedy That Happened 18 Years Ago and His Daughter Didn't

February 05, 2024

My Husband Asked Me Why I Survived a Tragedy That Happened 18 Years Ago and His Daughter Didn't

December 08, 2023

Willie Nelson's Last Marriage Is 'The Smartest Thing' He Did – He Built a Strong Family Following Death of His Son

January 08, 2024