Diana Boldman: Grandmother working at McDonald’s receives big surprise

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Diana Boldman: Grandmother working at McDonald's receives big surprise
Diana Boldman: Grandmother working at McDonald's receives big surprise

Diana Boldman will never forget the day a Secret Santa changed her life.

Just before Thanksgiving, as the hardworking 65-year-old grandmother from Idaho Falls, Idaho, finished her shift at McDonald’s, she was approached by Nate Eaton, news manager for the East Idaho News community website.

For the past six years, Eaton has been the sole representative of a local Secret Santa who gives money and other gifts to deserving members of the community.

This year, the anonymous Santa learned of Boldman and her husband, Cameron, also 65, who’s on disability for back problems and other health issues. Before Diana clocks in at the McDonald’s on Yellowstone Highway each morning, the couple delivers 150 local newspapers around the area.

They had been driving the route in a dilapidated Dodge Caravan with more than 240,000 miles on it.

She was “stunned” when she learned Eaton came to present her with a new 2019 Hyundai Tucson as a gift from the Secret Santa. He also presented her with $5000 in gift cards for gas and a check for $1000 to cover the cost of the new car’s registration.

While Diana feels others in the community “deserve” a new car more than she and her husband do, she said the car has brought them peace of mind.

“Before, we kept having to wake our daughter up at 3 o’clock in the morning for battery jumps before the paper route,” she said, laughing.

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