After receiving a letter from a stranger following his mother passing away, a man called John Dorrah from Illinois discovered a hidden secret his mother had been hiding for years. It was an annual secret that Johnny never learned about but it brought him to tears when he read the letter.
John described the letter as “the best gift” that he has ever received from anybody. Even though the letter came at a difficult time after losing his mother.
John Dorrah vividly remembers the first time his mother would mysteriously disappear for a few hours on Christmas Eve. He said she would grab her car keys and announce that she’d be back in a few hours because she needed to run a few errands.
As a boy, John remembers being confused by his mother disappearing. She was the sort of person who would get all her Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. He just couldn’t put his finger on what she would possibly need to do on such a busy day of the year.
When John Dorrah asked his mother where she went, she would just tell him that she was running errands.
John never got a real answer out of her. “Maybe she had gone out to get that telescope that I wanted,” he would ponder.
For the rest of her life, John’s mother, Sue, would continue this bizarre Christmas Eve errand run and John was still no wiser as to where she was going.
When she passed away in 1990, John Dorrah received a letter from a man he had never met before called Robert. Robert knew exactly where “Miss Sue” had been spending hours of her Christmas Eve each year.
Dear Johnny, I just wanted you to know how much my family and I appreciate what your mother has done for us for all of these years. Every year on Christmas Eve day your mom comes to my house dress like Mrs. Claus and gives my kids a Christmas that we can’t afford to give them. She has given them shoes, shirts, jeans, toys, and candy. I know your heart is heavy and that you are missing Miss Sue. We do, too. We loved her and just wanted you to know what she has done for us. Love, Robert and Nellie and the kids
John’s mom had been pretending to be Mrs. Claus for a family who couldn’t afford to give their children the Christmas they wanted. How awesome is that?!
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