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A son gave his parents an envelope for Christmas that left them in tears

This simple present changed his parents' lives.


Cooper Fleishman


Posted on Dec 26, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 9:45 pm CDT

We all hope to repay our parents someday, but Joe Riquelme went above and beyond. 

Perhaps the most heartwarming video to come out of Christmas 2014 is a clip of YouTuber joeytrombone giving his parents a holiday surprise that will actually change their lives.

They’re already snuggling on the couch when he opens his last present—a plain envelope.


Here’s what it says:

When his parents open it up, they start sobbing. Meanwhile, Joe’s sitting there like, Try not to cry, dammit.

“Sometimes the best gifts come in the lamest packages,” Joe wrote on Facebook.

Here’s the whole video.

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*First Published: Dec 26, 2014, 11:40 am CST