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Anonymous group restores Lufkin single mom's Christmas spirit

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A Christmas miracle happened right here in the Pineywoods. A group of anonymous East Texans were in the spirit of giving, and they surprised a single mother who said she lost her Christmas spirit.

Christmas came this year for a single mother in East Texas. She cried tears of joy when she walked into her fully furnished home.

“I couldn’t sleep, I just laid there still in disbelief,” said Alicia Odum, a single mother. “It took about two days for me to be like, OK. I would go in the living room and see the Christmas tree and still be in disbelief that somebody did this for me and my son.”

Odum said she was looking for a fresh start after the weight of the world seemed to be coming down on her.

“It was like too much,” Odum said. “I knew it was going to be impossible, but I knew that I was not going to worry. Something was going to come through for me.”

After losing her 2-year-old son Mason, and getting out of a bad relationship, it seemed impossible to start over.

“I felt like at the time ever since my son’s death, everything has been downhill,” Odum said.

Odum even lost her Christmas spirit.

“I didn’t want to believe in Christmas anymore,” She said. “So when Christmas came around this time, I dreaded it. I hated it because I was not able to have my son there with me so it was very hard.”

However, things turned around for this single mom, she saved enough money to move into an apartment. There was one problem; she didn’t have any furniture, so she and her son had to sleep on the floor.

“Once the guy handed me the keys to the apartment, I was like, 'OK, we’re on a good start,'” she said. “Not the best start, but a good start, we’re heading somewhere.”

Juggling bills, and trying to save didn’t leave any room for spending money this Christmas. Odum had to explain to her son that Christmas might have to be postponed.

“I had to tell him, you may not be able to have Christmas this year,” she said. “It hurt my heart to tell him that, but he understood. For some reason he was like,'It’s going to be OK mom.'”

Then the unthinkable happened.

“I opened the door and saw the couch from the door,” Odum said. “I was in denial for a minute and shut the door. I was like, "Oh my God! I can’t believe this is happening.”

“I lighted up, it was like Mason was right in front of me,” Mykal Odum, Alicia’s oldest son said.

Odun said she’s thankful for this Christmas miracle.

“My whole attitude about Christmas totally changed, all because these people want to be anonymous and help me out,” Odum said. “I still can’t believe it. Thank you for the bottom of my heart.”

Odum didn’t think she would be able to give Mykal anything for his birthday either, which is Wednesday. He turned 11, and they celebrated by seeing "Star Wars" and opening a couple of gifts.

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