Acts of Kindness
School calls in lunch lady to gift her a new car from secret Santa
Cheryl has faced so many challenges recently with her signature heart of gold. Now her community is showing her just how much it's worth with more gifts than one.
Rebecca Reid
12.15.21

An anonymous Secret Santa has recently been gifting cars and a quarter of a million dollars in cash to lucky individuals.

East Idaho News reporter, Nate Eaton, is helping to publicly distribute the Secret Santa gifts to the lucky recipients.

On one of the most recent giveaways, Eaton took a trip to Teton High School to surprise one very deserving cafeteria worker.

Her reaction was beautiful.

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She was overcome with emotion.

Cheryl Stewart was asked to work an emergency shift at Teton High School, which was just an excuse to get her into the building.

Little did she know that everyone was in on the big surprise that was coming her way.

As she sees the news crew come into the lunchroom with Nate Eaton, she can’t believe what is happening.

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Keys to a brand new car.

“Secret Santa sent us on a mission today to find you,” Eaton told Stewart.

He goes on to say that they have a gift for her because she has done so much for others.

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Always thinking of others.

Cheryl is a colon cancer survivor who takes care of her husband who also has cancer and lupus.

She has had to take on multiple jobs in order to pay for their medical and living expenses. After her car broke down, she was forced to borrow one from a relative.

Luckily, Cheryl’s burdens will get a little easier after she opens her Secret Santa gift.

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Keys to a brand new SUV.

Eaton tells Cheryl that Secret Santa has bought her a gift. He hands her one box and inside is $100. She is so grateful for the kind gift.

He then hands her another small box that includes a set of keys to a new car. Cheryl is overwhelmed with joy.

“Secret Santa bought you a car,” Eaton says to her. “Oh no, you are kidding me!” Cheryl responds falling to the floor.

Eaton steadies her and she is overcome with emotion.

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Cheryl sees her car.

They make their way out of the building and Cheryl tells everyone she passes, “they bought me a new car!” “Do you want to go see it?”

The students cheer for her as she makes her way out to the parking lot.

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Reason to smile.

Cheryl is absolutely beside herself with happiness. She has been through very hard times and being gifted her own car is a life-saver.

The anonymous donor is giving her the chance to be free and independent. She won’t need to worry about how to get to work any longer.

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The season of giving.

This time of year is a great reminder that some people have a lot on their shoulders. This Secret Santa is not done spreading some Christmas cheer.

There are many others just like Cheryl who are being surprised with a much-needed boost.

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See Cheryl’s heartwarming surprise in the video below!

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By Rebecca Reid
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Rebecca Reid is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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