After a young woman watched her parents die of cancer, she ended up raising her five younger siblings. Nevertheless, when strangers heard her story, fate turned for the better.

Most 20-year-olds concentrate on drinking and getting out of school as quickly as possible. Some are in the workforce and already out. Most of them, however, are not focused on raising a family. There are still many 20-year-olds still trying to figure out life. Samantha Rodriguez wasn’t that fortunate though.

She had to fight to keep her family together when she was incredibly young. She had to step into the shoes of her parents after they died from cancer. She had five siblings, 15 years old being the eldest and 6 the youngest.

Before she took over as their guardian last December, the family had focused on providing help for Samantha. It was still hard for the family, even with all the community support. It was right around the holidays, after all, and they no longer had the people who meant the most to them. They weren’t ready for the Christmas miracle that came when the Office of the Orange County Sheriff decided to step out of the storybooks with a Christmas miracle.

The Aviation Unit of the Sherrif’s Department also wanted to help provide an exceptional gift to this little family. The Rodriguez family had to go on their own helicopter ride. They watched the city go by, knowing that they were fortunate to still have one another and a community that loved them so much.

As they returned from their helicopter ride, the children saw that Christmas would not be as awful as they thought. The office of the Sheriff left for them stacks of wrapped presents.

The police department posted a video of their heart-warming surprise on social media, and their inbox was soon filled with messages from readers who wanted to help the family—and the police lieutenant recalled that the Rodriguez children had arrived in a Uber because they didn’t have a car.

“You don’t know how much this means to us. It’s such a big help, really. Doing everything on my own is very hard but I’m so glad to have people like you guys in my life.” Samantha said.