One of the most important parts of the holidays is the time that we get to spend with the people we love most, but not everyone has that option unfortunately.
As every other Christmas Day fort the past 20 years, 78-year-old Terrence of Oldham, England, had no one to celebrate with — until this December came by.
Every year, Terrence used to spend the season with his mother. The guy would bring her presents and a hot meal, and vividly remembers her telling him that she wouldn’t have anything for Christmas if it weren’t for him.
However, this year, he found someone special to have Christmas dinner with. He befriended a 90-year-old woman named Nancy, who has dementia, through his volunteer work with Age UK, an organization that helps elderly people find care and support.
But still, Terrence didn’t have decorations or a group of loved ones to fill the rest of his time with love and light. And that’s where BBC Breakfast came in. After interviewing Terrence for a story, anchor Dan Walker promised to bring the Christmas spirit to him.
Just a few days later, Dan came back with students from Oldham College. They brought Terrence a Christmas tree, which they decorated while he looked shocked and delighted.
But he had no ide that wasn’t the last of his wonderful surprises! A student choir waited for him outside, and when he appeared at the door, they sang his favorite holiday song, “Silent Night.” He was so overcome with emotion that he couldn’t hold back his tears between the tree and the carolers.
As soon as BBC shared his story online, Terrence got even more attention. Itlooks like everyone wants to help him feel less lonely this Christmas, including singer John Barrowman, who invited Terrence to one of his shows.
That’s because one should spend one Christmas alone, let alone 20! Great job, BBC, for helping so many people shower Terrence with love and kindness. That’s what the holidays are all about after all!
Click below to watch Terrence’s sweet surprise video.
Terrence has spent the last 20 Christmas Days on his own. So we wanted to bring him some Christmas cheer 🎄❤️
Posted by BBC Breakfast on Thursday, December 12, 2019