Sabas Flores loved four things. He loved his family, he loved being a police officer in Idaho Falls, ID, and he loved the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys.
And in return, his family loved him back as did his fellow police officers. But sadly, Sabas passed away unexpectedly on August 18, 2015, from a heart attack.
He left behind his wife and three children, and they’re not sure how to move on without him. Especially this Christmas.
But a secret Santa heard about the Flores family’s situation and wanted to help. So the East Idaho News team joined forces with Sabas’ old coworkers to surprise the family with something to make the holidays better.
The Floreses knew that police officers would be stopping by, but they didn’t know about the news team.
In the video below, they all gather in the kitchen, and the girls and their mom are stunned when they’re told their guests have a surprise for them.
“These wonderful police officers told us about you guys, and a secret Santa in town heard about you and your story and they wanted to make Christmas a little bit brighter for all of you. So we came by with a special gift,” says Nate Eaton.
Then they’re handed a red tin box. When they see that there’s a $10,000 check inside, they can hardly keep it together.
“It’s not just about the money,” Sabas’ widow says. “It’s the big hearts that you guys have and the love you have for us. I’m overwhelmed, thank you.”
And that’s not all.
The girls are also given bags to open, and inside are New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys jerseys that have their dad’s call number, 70, on the back with his name.
“I know Sabas is very happy right now,” their mom says. “His kids are in good hands.”
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