Christmas is the season of giving, and it’s a perfect time to give back and help people in need. That’s what one Idaho family learned when they unexpectedly received an incredible act of kindness—from a very mysterious source.
It’s been a rough few months for Matt and Cassy Breyman. They couple, already the parents of a 3-year-old named Calvin, were expecting twins: a boy and a girl, who they planned to name Timothy and Audrey.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan.
“[Cassy] delivered them at 23 weeks,” Matt Breyman explained to East Idaho News. That meant they were 16 weeks premature—and, 15 minutes after their baby girl was born, tragedy struck.
“Unfortunately, our daughter Audrey didn’t make it. She passed away.”
Their son, Tim, survived—but just barely. He’s been fighting for his life, and was transferred to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he’s been ever since. His long hospital stay has taken an emotional toll on the family, with many ups and downs in his progress and several surgeries.
“He’ll probably be there for … probably at least two months,” Matt explained.
In addition to the emotional hardship, things have also been difficult financially. Between Tim’s exponential medical bills and the cost of their daughter’s funeral, money was tight for the Breyman family, especially with Christmas approaching.
But then, Matt received an unexpected visit.
Matt, who works for a trucking company in Idaho Falls, was in a meeting one morning—which was unexpectedly crashed by the news crew of East Idaho News. Matt was surprised, and a bit reluctant, when he discovered that they were there for him.
After speaking with him and getting an update on his baby’s condition, reporter Nate Eaton told him they had some gifts.
First, they had a bag of toys for Calvin (who was also there to surprise his dad at work).
But he also had a small box for Matt and his wife. He was told he could open it there.
He was stunned by what he found inside …
A check for $5,000!
“That’s very generous, thank you very much,” Matt tells the news crew. “Who do I thank for this?”
“It’s a secret,” Eaton replies.
“It’s a Secret Santa.”
The gift comes from a completely anonymous donor who’s been working with the news station to spread Christmas kindness to families in need—the Breymans are just one of the many recipients, as the donor is reportedly giving away a total of $200,000.
How did the donor know about the Breyman’s situation? Well, it turns out a few of their friends wrote in to nominate them.
“These amazing people continue to stay positive and hopeful in the face of separation, fear, exhaustion and a mountain of debt,” a friend of the family told East Idaho News.
“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of help for their Tiny Tim than the Breymans.”
When the reporters suggest Matt spend the money on something fun for his family, Matt makes it clear that the money will probably go straight to the medical bills. But it’s nice to know that, thanks to an unexpected Christmas surprise, their burden will be a little easier.