Christmas is approaching. For kids, this incites joy. For some parents, it produces dread. This is because with the holidays comes an expectation for gifts — sometimes, expensive ones.
Though the intent behind gift-giving is (oftentimes) good, that doesn’t mean scraping together enough cash for presents is ever easy. A group of twelve high school students understands this, which is why they recently did something incredible for a favorite teacher of theirs at Volcano Vista High School.
Earlier this week, teacher Nathan Neidigk returned to his classroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to find the best surprise. It turns out, the group of high school students had chipped in money to purchase a Christmas gift for Neidigk’s son, Mikey, who is sick with Leukemia.
In a prior class, the teacher let it slip that because his 3-year-old son had been recently diagnosed, he didn’t think he could afford a Christmas gift for him this year. Hospital bills are expensive, after all, and Mikey will need years of treatment.
Dismayed by the turn of events, the twelve students each pitched in $20 to help. With the money, they purchased a brand new Nintendo Switch gaming console, two games, and a case for the 3-year-old. In the video below, Neidigk reacts to the gift.
Watch the heartwarming footage:
That’s not the only good news — friends of Neidigk’s set up a GoFundMe campaign for the family. So far, it has raised over $15,000 of its $30,000 goal.
The campaign’s description reads:
“Mikey Neidigk is a wonderful 3-year-old boy that just didn’t feel well. After several trips to the doctor he was diagnosed with leukemia at the beginning of November. Mikey’s mom passed away not long after his birth but thankfully his Dad Nathan found love again and was recently married to a wonderful woman named Cameron.”
“However, the family is facing 3.5 years of chemotherapy treatment with the associated medical bills. The family thanks you for your thoughts, prayers, and generosity during this tough time.”
The campaign notes that any extra funds that are raised will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico and the Ronald McDonald House.
Because the mainstream media rarely reports on positive news stories, most people believe the world is a dark, dismal place with few good happenings. This is far from true! Every day, thousands of good deeds take place, they just aren’t reported on.
Because of this, it is imperative good news is shared. Stories that bring a smile to someone’s face, or re-inspire faith in humanity, or remind someone that they’re not alone in the world are critical to mental and emotional well-being.
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