Woman gives family Christmas gifts 2 years after death: Brenda Schmitz, an American wife and mother of four, died of ovarian cancer in Sept of 2011. She was 46.
Before she passed away, she wrote a letter addressed to a radio station in Des Moines, Iowa and instructed a friend to wait to mail it until her husband, David, had met someone special and fallen in love again.
That happened earlier this year when he became engaged to a woman named Jayne.
Every year radio station KSTZ, Star 102.5, solicits Christmas wish letters from listeners, chooses the best, and with the help of sponsors, grants them.
The station invited David into the studio last week to share the letter with him. He had no clue as to why the radio station had invited him to come in until the letter was read out by host Colleen Kelly, said reports.
“When you are in receipt of this letter, I will have already lost my battle to ovarian cancer,” Brenda wrote in the letter. “I am writing this letter to be sent to you by a dear friend who has instructions to do so when it was the time. I had to type this because I can hardly type anymore because of my shakiness. I told her once my loving husband David had moved on in his life and had met someone to share his life with again, to mail this letter to all of you at the station.”
As I was thinking about my last months on earth,” she continued, “I told David my wishes after I was gone that I believed he’d follow through with the attitude and courage I know he possesses, what a great husband and father he is. I know all of this is extremely hard on him. He is the one making the best decisions from here on out for my family and ultimately finding a caring and compassionate woman in time to help raise the boys. She must be quite a lady.”
Brenda asked for three Christmas gift wishes to be granted. The first was for David’s new lifelong partner to get “a day, or better yet, a weekend of pampering, in all aspects of her life. … She deserves it.”
Thank you,” she added. “I love you, whoever you are.”
The second, she asked for a “magical trip” for the whole family.
The third, she asked for a “night out full of drinks, food and fun” for the medical staff who looked after her while she was dying of cancer at Mercy Medical Hospital.
Local businesses helped the radio station grant all three of Brenda’s wishes.
The family of eight (Jayne already has two children of her own) will get an all-expenses paid, four-day vacation to Disney World in Florida.
Jayne will get a relaxing massage while at Disney World, and the hospital medical staff will get three coordinated food drops from a corporate catering company.
“In more than 20 years of granting Christmas wishes, we’ve never received a wish quite like the one we received from Brenda Schmitz,” wrote the station on its website.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when we got [the letter],” station manager Scott Allen told the local media.
A clearly emotional David fought back tears as he listened to the letter.
It’s not surprising,” said David of his late wife’s gifts. “The last year and a half she’s shown so many signs that she’s [here].”
View the very moving video of the radio station reading the letter to David: