Reedsville family going through tough times receives 'Best Christmas Ever'

Published: Dec. 20, 2018 at 10:31 PM CST
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One Reedsville family got the surprise of a lifetime on Thursday night when complete strangers showed up at their door with presents for the entire family.

When Sheena Glasow opened her door, she had no idea what was going on. Strangers started coming into her home and putting presents under her Christmas tree.

"I wasn't expecting anyone tonight, so it was pretty much a surprise," said Glasow, "and then to see all of the people standing there and a camera, it was definitely overwhelming."

Sheena's husband, Jacob, was diagnosed with ALS this summer, a terminal disease impacting movement and speech. The family of seven, now trying to make the best of the situation. Doctors gave Jacob a 3- to 5-year prognosis.

"He’s losing his ability to speak, losing his mobility, his hands, walking, tripping and falling. So, it's been hard, it's been really hard to watch your husband decline and not being able to do anything about it," Glasow said.

That's when the "Best Christmas Ever" organization stepped in. This year the national organization will help three families in Northeast Wisconsin.

A total of 74 area families were nominated this year, but the Glasow family's story stuck out.

"You know it's just a tough thing to go through, and we want to try to not only give them an awesome Christmas but part of the Christmas is being able to enjoy time with family, so we're going to give them a bunch of memories, and these memories are different things and activities and things they're going to be able to do together and have an awesome time," said Justin Spettel, the Northeast Wisconsin director of Best Christmas Ever.

"I’m very grateful. It’s not expected, and it’s just so amazing what people will do to help out," says Glasow.

On top of the Christmas presents, the Glasow family will also receive a brand new driveway so Jacob can go in and out of his house with ease.

When the Glasow family found out about new driveway, Jacob and the rest of the family were in tears.

"It needs to be replaced, because they're building a ramp off the back of the home, and it'll be easier to kind of navigate the driveway, and it'll be a place that you know, Jacob is going to be able to go outside and spend time with the kids," Spettel adds.

Spettel hopes the surprise will help restore faith for those who need it most.

"It's definitely going to be the best Christmas ever, first of all because we've got a new perspective on life ever since all of this happened, but just seeing all of the support, and this is just one example of many, but just amazing how people step up and are there to support and it feels like we have an army behind us," said Glasow.

For more information on the Best Christmas Ever