GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) – Christmas came early for a single mother in Gautier and her five children. Mandy McGee recently quit her job to raise her kids and go to college. Now, money is tight and she says she doesn't even have a dependable car to get around town. The Bacot McCarty Foundation heard about her story and surprised the family with some unforgettable holiday cheer.
Santa Clause made a special trip all the way from the North Pole to Gautier, Thursday. The Bacot McCarty non-profit foundation called on the big man in red and his crew to surprise the McGee family of six.
"We got all kinds of little toys, we also brought them some food for their Christmas dinner," The foundation's executive director Todd Trenchard said. "I think the kids are going to be elated to have Santa clause, some elves. We are just really excited what we are about see."
When Santa and his team walked in the home, the little ones were speechless to wake up and see Santa as well as gift after gift flowing through their door. Nine year old Teshan had to catch his breath outside he was so excited.
"I was glad because when y'all had came in. I was like, 'Who this?' Then when y'all had gave all those presents, I was happy," Teshan said.
Their Mother, Mandy Magee was just as happy. McGee is raising her kids by herself with no job. She admits coming up with the money for these little ones to have a Merry Christmas was almost impossible.
"This year has been my worst year," McGee said.
Executive Director Trenchard said McGee was volunteering for Toys for Tots when he learned of her hardship. The foundation focuses on helping needy families.
"If we make a small difference each day, each day can be a Christmas. This has certainly made my Christmas to see smiles on these children's faces."
Lots of smiles, laughter and cheer will continue to fill the McGee's house for a long time thanks to gifts given from the heart.