Surprise Squad: Holiday Favorites
ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – The KMOV Surprise Squad makes visits throughout the year to give remarkable people unforgettable gifts, but the team works even harder during the holidays.
Here are some of their favorite surprises pulled off during the holiday season.
Rae Toennies was a star athlete in grade school. One day, after basketball practice, she arrived home and went to bed with a headache, recalled her mom, Nikki Toennies.
When the KMOV Surprise Squad heard Rae’s story, they decided to crash a pep rally with surprises worthy of this inspirational fighter.
Jamison has Leigh Syndrome, a mitochondrial disease that causes the progressive loss of mental and movement abilities that eventually results in death.
The dream vacation is compliments of Baking Memories 4 Kids, a non-profit that sells chocolate cookies for a great cause.
Their mom died after giving birth, leaving four young boys alone; their uncle was the only family they had left. For him and his fiancé, there was only one choice - to bring the children into their family.
To donate to the family’s GoFundMe page, click here: https://bit.ly/3nMqoNH
Fiona was born with unimaginable health challenges. Her mom, Tonja, calls Fiona her “magical angel.” While caring for Fiona is difficult, Tonja will not complain and doesn’t like asking for help.
Tonja’s friend Holly helped to set up the holiday surprise. Holly and Tonja went to lunch at Weber’s Front Row Neighborhood Pub & Grill, where the Surprise Squad had set up hidden cameras. Once seated, News 4′s Matt Chambers approached the table and introduced himself.
To nominate someone for the KMOV Surprise Squad, click here.
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