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A Crooks Christmas To Remember

December 20, 2013, 4:55 PM by Jared Ransom

A Crooks Christmas To Remember
CROOKS, SD -

The Clark family was planning to have a Christmas just like any other, with the kids waking up Christmas morning to open the gifts under the tree.

This year, a random act of kindness changes everything.

It was Thursday after work when Jolene's 17-year-old daughter Samantha walked to her front door and found a black bag with a note that said "Parents Only." Samantha quickly called her mother.

"I asked her if my grandparents sent one and she said no and I told her about it and we were both completely clueless on where it came from or how it got to our house," Samantha Kjelsrud said.

Samantha put the bag in a closet, and then when she got home, Jolene took a look inside.

"I came home and I opened the bag and there were Legos in there, and perfume and make-up and a remote-controlled car, and I don't know where it came from," Jolene Clark said.

When she shared her story with neighbors, she discovered she wasn't the only one to find a bag on their front door, and they all have similarities to what was found inside.

"Whoever did this, they have to know something about our family, because my son loves doing legos, and this set that's in there is one of the higher-priced ones that we couldn't afford," Clark said.

Emotions were running high for the entire family, not just because they received these gifts, but for what the gifts represented.

"I started crying and called my husband and he's well 'I don't understand, why are you crying?' and I'm like 'There's still people out there that do this and it's really emotional,'" Clark said.

The existance of this kind of generosity is not lost on Clark's daughter, who is ready to pay it forward.

"I understand the Christmas trees and the Christmas angels and everything, the bag's kind of like that, that's how I've been looking at it," Kjelsrud said.

A black bag full of gifts was found on this deck 24 hours ago. Now, the identity of this family's Kris Kringle is unknown, and frankly, they want it to stay that way because this mother says she wouldn't know how to properly thank the Secret Santa who made this Christmas one of their most memorable.

"Whoever did this, I mean, they're a true blessing. They are little angels, whoever they are," Clark said.

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