In case you’ve been away from Internet service for the holiday, here’s the story.
David Schmitz’s wife Brenda died two years ago from ovarian cancer, leaving him to raise their four boys on his own.
A week or so ago, the Iowa dad got a call from Des Moines radio station, KSTZ, asking him to come in. The station hosts a popular program every year during which they grant Christmas wishes to listeners.
Turns out, a letter written two years ago from his wife had been given to the station by a friend of hers.
“I didn’t have an idea what it was about,” Schmitz tells NBC.
You can imagine his shock while sitting at the station, on air, the DJ begins reading a letter from his dead wife. Apparently Brenda had asked the friend to send the letter anonymously to the station once her husband had found a new love. When David became engaged to Jayne Abraham, who has two kids of her own, the friend did just that.
Brenda had three wishes on her list, including one for her children’s new stepmother.
“First, for David’s new life-long partner, a day or better yet, a weekend, of pampering in all aspects of her life. She deserves it,” she wrote. “Make her smile, and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me. Thank you. I love you, whoever you are.”
David told NBC that Brenda wanted him to move on and meet someone new after her death. Her only request: “Just make sure they love Max and the boys as much as I do.”
Brenda also wished for an awesome vacation for David, Jayne and their children at a place “where they all can enjoy their company and companionship as a family and create those memories that will be with them forever.”
She also wished for a night of food, drink and fun for the Mercy Hospital staff that took care of her while she battled ovarian cancer.
The radio station granted all three wishes, sending David and his new family to Disney World… Airfare, hotels, everything paid for.
Brenda also wrote a letter to David’s fiance who tells the station it was a “mom to mom” letter. “I think what touched me the most about her letter is that she told me that she loved me too,” she said. “That’s what was so amazing. She didn’t even know who I was going to be.”
Below is the touching video of the station reading Brenda’s letter aloud to David on air. It’s already been viewed 1.5 million times.
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