(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Streets were bustling with people and holiday cheer for the annual Snow Forge Holiday event. But inside one of the local businesses is where a local hero’s family received a surprising Christmas Miracle. Eyewitness News Reporter Rachael Espaillat
Jessica Krochta thought she was going down to Main Street for the big Snow Forge holiday event. Little did she know, there was a much bigger surprise in store for her.
“This is incredible to have this outreach of generosity… It really means a lot” Said a surprised Jessica Krochta, Gift Recipient.
She received gifts including a snow blower… 500 dollar check… Toys for her two-year-old son, Michael and various gift cards.
“Being a single parent… It’s a blessing really” said Jessica.
Jessica’s fiancé was Sergeant and National Guard Jason McGoff who suffered from PTSD.
“His life was all about serving his community. And saving lives and making the world a better place. He really. He really was a bright shining star in this dark world” said Jessica.
Jessica and Michael lost Jason in July.
“His dad was his best friend. His hero and to have him not here. You know he was my best friend for 30 years… It’s been tough” Jessica told Eyewitness News.
Since the loss she’s been in contact with the Veteran’s Promise, a local non-profit organization that supports veteran’s families and raises awareness about veteran suicide.
“We want to be there for his son. And make sure that Jess has support. And his brothers as well and the rest of his family” noted David Ragan, President and Founder of Veteran’s Promise
The Real Estate Agency Group reached out to the Veteran’s Promise looking for a family to give back to and the non-profit knew Jessica’s was the one. She was one of 12 families nationwide to receive a Christmas miracle from homes for heroes.
“During the holidays when people are sort of feeling down and out it is always nice to give them a little bit of extra support and a nice hug to let them know that they are not alone,” said Ton Holland, The Agency Real Estate Group.
“Doing this today was really just our way of doing the right thing” said Ragan.