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Santa’s elves looked a lot like therapists this year.


Members of the rehab department at Life Care Center of Charleston, South Carolina, heard about a mother of six in the community whose home had just been foreclosed on. With the holidays approaching, they sprang into action to make sure the family still had a merry Christmas.


Through Holly Coppage, speech therapist and a friend of the family, associates got a list of the names, ages (they ranged from 2 to 16) and genders of the kids, as well as their clothing sizes. Then they went shopping!


On Christmas morning, the family gathered at Coppage’s house and opened a lot of gifts, both practical and fun: winter coats, jeans, socks, movie tickets, toys, art and jewelry kits, diapers and wipes, a CD player, stocking stuffers, chocolates and a gift card for groceries.


“This is seriously unbelievable and incredibly generous,” said the mother in a letter to Coppage. “My kids were really not going to have much of anything for Christmas. We had a great Christmas and are so grateful for you, your family and all the co-workers who made the kids’ holiday – and mine!”