'Christmas miracle': Second mysterious gift revealed

By  | 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Another beautifully wrapped holiday box delivered via Fed Ex. This one arrived at the door of the Catamount Institute in Colorado Springs.

Executive Director Chris Aaby called the $25,000 cashier's check -- complete with $50 gift cards for each employee -- a Christmas miracle.

Chris explained, "As I started to open the box and I saw the red envelope that said, 'I know you, but you don't know me...' I thought, 'This is something different.' My suspicions were correct when we opened the envelope and there was a $25,000 check inside."

Aaby's excited to now be able to offer more scholarships for low income children to attend Catamount. The nearly 20-year-old Institute teaches young people about science and eco systems and how to protect the environment.

"To just have something drop from the sky, if you will, land on our doorstep, especially such a large amount of money, really makes a huge difference. I haven't been able to stop smiling for a couple of days now," Aaby said.

We first learned about #COS Mystery Friend when Barb Cronin got a $10,000 cashier's check for Mission Medical Center.

She asked us to check it out. We discovered what she first feared to be a scam was a true gift instead.

"Just want to say thank you to whoever this mystery donor was. You really made our year," Aaby said.

Other recipients of the mysterious donor are Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention as well as Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs.

They are all being asked to nominate other local nonprofits which deserve recognition so this donor can keep on giving.