Laurie Burpee is a teacher at York Elementary School in Washington, United States. After finding out she had a rare salivary gland cancer, Laurie went on medical leave in October, leaving her 20 second-grade students. Since then, she has been undergoing chemotherapy. On Dec. 9, Laurie was resting at her home before another chemotherapy appointment the next day. She noticed there was a light outside, and then she saw a bunch of Santa hats. “I thought there were kids out there, and there were a lot of kids out there,” Laurie said during an interview. “When I went to the door and saw they were kids from school, the tears started to flow.” Around 30 children came to Laurie’s house to sing Christmas carols for her. Students, parents, and staff members of York Elementary School wanted to show Laurie their appreciation. At the school, Laurie was known for organizing an annual event dedicated to doing random acts of kindness. It has now become a tradition!