'Secret Santa' cheers legless Canadian vet

Dec. 31, 2008 at 10:46 AM
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EDMONTON, Alberta, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A Canadian soldier who lost his legs to a land mine in Afghanistan says he's mystified by anonymous Christmas gifts left at his Edmonton home for 12 days.

Maj. Mark Campbell and his wife Donna told the Edmonton Journal the gifts began appearing in front of their home Dec. 13 and continued up until Christmas. The first was signed, "The Spirit of Christmas," he said.

The first gift was a kit for making gingerbread houses, and was followed by such things as movie passes, a penguin-shaped cookie jar filled with treats, and a large Christmas jigsaw puzzle, he said, adding they were ideal gifts for them and their 9-year-old daughter.

The couple said they doubt the gifts are from neighbors based on tire prints left in the snow on their driveway. Footprints in the snow varied from day to day from different adult boots to children's sizes, Campbell said.

Campbell said not many people apart from military colleagues and some close friends were aware of their situation, but no-one's claimed responsibility for the gifts.

"It wasn't what they gave us," his wife said. "It was just the whole idea of they wanted to make us have a nice Christmas. It was such a wonderful thing."

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