However, this happy union was not meant to last. During July of this year, tragedy struck, derailing their entire lives; Ream Nelson suffered for a completely unexpected heart attack, and passed away.
According to Dakota himself, he and his wife were just laughing in their garage when he had to put his tools away. When he returned a mere 5 minutes later, he found Ream lying on the floor, turning blue and not breathing. Dakota jumped into action and performed CPR on Ream while his 11-year-old called 911.
They arrived at the hospital in Idaho Falls and were told that Ream had suffered a massive heart attack. Her brain had been without oxygen for 20 minutes which caused massive bleeding and severe damage to it. She was in a complete coma weeks before unexpectedly passing away.
So amidst the pain of having to grieve for the passing of his beloved wife, Dakota also bore the pain of having to juggle 3 part-time jobs in order to keep his family (barely) afloat.
They then handed a box which contained two different $1,000 worth of gift cards... and an $8,000 check. Dakota completely broke down on TV, completely overwhelmed by the incredibly generous gifts him and his family had received. Eventually, he was able to express just how grateful the much-needed help was.
Of course, no amount of money or gifts could ever truly replace being able to spend Christmas with their beloved wife and mother, Ream, and it wouldn't exactly make it as happy as it used to be. But at least the total of $10,000 Dakota and his children received is enough to guarantee that they will all finally have something nice to celebrate together this Christmas.
And also, letting the family know that they certainly are not alone in the current battle they are facing is a gift all in itself, wouldn't you agree?
And any little helps!
You can watch the incredibly emotional moment when Dakota receives the gift in the news report below!