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Hometown Hero Saves Christmas as Secret Santa

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's a special time of year. Many children get excited about what might be under the tree come Christmas day. But for some parents, like Casey Doubledee, it's a struggle making ends meet.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's a special time of year. Many children get excited about what might be under the tree come Christmas day. But for some parents, like Casey Doubledee, it's a struggle making ends meet.

The single mother feared her two boys, 6-year-old Jaden and 7-year-old Kenneth, wouldn't have any special gifts under the tree.

“I've been working extra hours at work to try to help out with that,” says Casey.

Then she got a call from the boys and girls club.

An anonymous person on the Boys and Girls Club board was giving her family and six others money for toys, food and clothes this holiday season.

Her boy's holiday wishes would come true.

“When they tell you ‘I'm getting this’ or ‘I'm asking Santa for this’ and you scramble to try to figure out how your going to do it, let alone anything else, but it was an extreme blessing when I got the phone call,” says Casey. “I probably cried for a week afterwards because I still couldn't wrap my head around it.”

But the secret Santa did have one request: the parents should tell the kids the presents were either from them or Santa himself.

“A lot of our families only make $14,000 a year and they're trying to raise kids and they're doing the best they can,” says Connie Crawford, of the Boys and Girls Club. “They can either only find part time work or there's a lot of different stories, but they are trying, but he stepped up and helped them and there's a lot of joyful tears and happy families because of him, he's a great guy.”

Casey wrote a page long letter to this unknown person thanking him for making their holiday brighter.

“When someone does something like that, there are not enough words to thank them for something like that because they are giving you an absolutely amazing Christmas for your kids,” says Casey. “And I mean it's extremely generous they don't have to do it.”

Casey says she teaches her boys what goes around comes around. And before the secret Santa reached out to them, she told her sons that money was tight this year and they wouldn't be able to donate to Toys for Tots because there wouldn't be much left for them.”

The boys chose to donate a toy anyway.

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