When Tyshika Bretton posted an ad on Craigslist asking for help, she wasn't expecting to get the kind of response she did. Especially when it came in the form of a $10,000 USD check from grunge rock legend, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam.
The 36-year-old mother of six from Maryland explained that her family was facing eviction and had no money for Christmas. She wrote: "I'm trying my best. I pray everyday and now I'm begging for help. I known it's not about the gifts, but they are kids! I'm such a failure right now... please help me."
Her plea for help went viral and soon Bretton's prayers had been answered.
Hundreds of people donated gifts to her six children - five sons and baby daughter. Some big ticket gifts included a Kindle Fire, a PlayStation 4, stuffed animals and dolls. Someone even gave them a puppy - the family named it Phoenix.
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder was moved by Tyshika Bretton's courage.
But the biggest surprise of all came from the check they received from Vedder. The famous singer told the Washington Post that he was moved by the story and the mother's courage to reach out for help.
Vedder was also reminded of the struggles from his own childhood, "There were years there were toys from Santa, but they were used and they came from garage sales and they didn't always work."
Vedder was inspired to make the donation as a "tourniquet" toward ending their troubles. The family has been watching the band's concerts online ever since they realized who the generous donation came from.
Since news of the story spread, a GoFundMe page for the family has raised over $18,000USD - triple it's original goal of $6,000 USD.
Needless to say, they've had a very merry Christmas! Thanks to the generosity of strangers, these funds will give them the head-start they need for the new year.