Make sure you've got some tissues handy for this one, because there wasn't a dry eye in the house when we watched this video at the Nintendo Life Towers.
Nathan Neidigk, a teacher at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, lost his wife a few years ago and recently had to deal with the catastrophic news that his three-year-old son Mikey has Leukaemia. The cost of shelling out for medical treatment over the next 3 and a half years means that Neidigk has had to forgo treating himself and his son to a Nintendo Switch this Christmas - something his class was aware of.
Keen to see their favourite teacher get some good news, the kids clubbed together $475 and purchased a Switch along with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and surprised Neidigk at the start of class one day.
As you can see from the footage, Neidigk cannot believe his class have been so thoughtful, and seems genuinely touched by the gift. He even mentions that he forces himself to walk past the Switch consoles in his local Target store because he cannot afford one.
Student Kayla Yaksich said:
It was an early Christmas gift for Mr Neidigk. We knew it was the only present he wanted but that the medical bills for his son meant he probably couldn’t afford it. I had tears in my eyes watching his reaction. He had no idea what to expect and seemed to be overwhelmed with the surprise.
Neidigk later commented that the console will be perfect for when Mikey has to stay in hospital during his chemotherapy treatment. He also stated how much his class' generosity means to him amid his current struggles:
These guys are awesome. I’m just incredibly overwhelmed with their generosity and support. It’s the guys and gals in my class that are the big reason that keeps me going during tough times.
If you've been touched by this heartwarming story then you might want to contribute to a Go Fund Me page which has been set up to raise cash to cover Mikey's medical bills.
Thanks to SLIGEACH_EIRE for the tip!