POSTED: Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 4:35pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 3:23pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A secret Santa in Poulsbo, Washington has paid the water bills of six Aquarius Utility customers.
Sheila Jones at Aquarius Utilities received the call from the anonymous donor on Monday.
"My first reaction was to get chocked up because I thought it was so neat," said Jones.
Kim and Dean Mills were one of the lucky ones who got the early Christmas gift.
"It brings tears to me because, who does that?" said Kim.
Both Kim and Dean are injured and out of work, struggling to find jobs and pay doctors bills.
They say this help will ease financial worries for them for the next few months.
"For the last few years, I haven't felt Christmas," said Kim, "The Christmas spirit and what this man did for me has brought Christmas back to me and my family."
Dean and Kim won't have to pay their bill again until March, thanks to the anonymous, longtime Aquarius customer.
"I felt like an elf all day," laughed Jones, "I got to call people and say, 'This is what this man has done for you!'"
This is the first time in Aquarius' 51 years of business that someone has offered to pay off a bill.
The donation has also spurred more giving around the community.
Two of the recipients will donate the money they would have used to pay off their bills to help someone else.
Aquarius will also pay the January bill for the secret Santa.