This Secret Santa lost her baby. Then her dad. Giving thousands of gifts helped her cope.

Written by on December 23, 2022

Nashville teacher’s Secret Santa program started with heartbreak


Keith Sharon

Nashville Tennessean

  • More than 900 gifts were donated to students at Tusculum Elementary School.
  • This was the ninth consecutive year Laura Timbario-Quering has been secret Santa.
  • Walk Bike Nashville organization helped students get huge surprise: New bikes.

Her father offered her advice she will never forget.

She was down, depressed and didn’t know how she would get through the holiday season in 2014. 

Laura Timbario-Quering, who was an elementary school teacher on Chicago’s South Side, had been pregnant. She lost the baby and couldn’t imagine what pain Christmas would bring.

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