One very deserving family got the holiday surprise of a lifetime, and once you read their story you're understand why their community came together to support them.
Tisha Beauchmin's neighbor Audrey made a request that would change her life forever, asking Tisha to babysit her 3 children while she went for a medical test. Audrey knew she had cancer, but the results were much worse than she feared.
The tests revealed she had advanced stomach and esophageal cancer, and doctors quickly realized that Audrey had just one week to live. In a rush to find someone who would look after her kids, Audrey asked Tisha to take care of her children once she was gone.
While Tisha and Audrey's daughters were friends, their families were never very close. Tisha agreed to take in the kids "because they're kids," but she really had a much more personal reason.
Tisha started life as an orphan, and didn't want Audrey's children to live the same painful life as her. "I had to go into a foster home and I don’t want them to ever have to deal with anything I had to deal with as a child because children deserve to be children," she told Fox 5.
"They have been through too much. They deserve a loving family and a place to call home." So when Audrey died the 3 children were welcomed home alongside her own 5 children, making a family of 10 in 1 very small house.
Thankfully, there was a surprise in store for this deserving family.