My family helped my grandmother pay off the last $2,500 or so on her mortgage this year as a Christmas present. I wasn’t in Silver City for the event, but everybody who was gathered at her house on Christmas Eve to surprise her. She had no idea we had done it, and was understandably shocked (she later told me she thought she was going to have a heart attack).
Many thanks to BJ for the idea and for organizing the effort.
For those in the family who weren’t able to go, here’s some video of the surprise. If you can’t see the video below, you can view it on YouTube.