‘Secret Santa’ surprises New Tampa family reeling from layoff

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A Secret Santa is spreading good cheer and making sure a New Tampa family has a very merry Christmas this year.

Michael Wilson says he was laid off last month as part of a global workforce reduction plan. His Secret Santa didn’t want that layoff to get in the way of his family’s Christmas.

Last week, Wilson says he left his garage door open while running some errands. When he came home, he found an envelope tucked under his windshield wiper. Inside the envelope was an anonymous note – and $300.

The note signed by “Santa” says, “There are times in our lives that do not seem fair and we question ‘why us.’ It is in these times that we realize how strong we really are.”

“Your family is wonderful and I wanted to help make Christmas special for your beautiful children,” the Secret Santa wrote. “I hope this helps.”

Wilson posted the note on Facebook Saturday saying he was still trying to process the situation.

“When I reflect, I can’t think of a time when I/we were treated with so much unexpected generosity and thoughtfulness,” he wrote.

He added that his family has an idea who their Secret Santa is but says they can’t be sure.

On Sunday morning, Wilson followed up with News Channel 8 and said he woke up to find a Christmas card with $200 inside on his family’s front door. 

“We are speechless. We would really like to thank whoever is doing this,” he told us. “What a great act of kindness.”

Wilson says it’s possible the second card came from the same Secret Santa but he can’t be sure.

He just wants to spread his heartwarming story this holiday season.

“With all the negativity we see in this world, let’s remember there are still many kind people and kind acts like this that should give us positive hope in one another and to remember what the true meaning of Christmas is,” Wilson wrote on Facebook. “I hope this brings a smile to your face and makes your heart a little warmer. Merry Christmas.”

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