Girl Surprises Grandmother With Christmas Gift After Family Tragedy

A loving granddaughter recorded her cross-country Christmas journey to surprise her grandmother and later present her with the ashes of her late son (the videographer’s father), who passed away during the pandemic. Caily Mitchell made the trip not only to see her grandmother – who she had not seen in three years – but also to present her with her son's ashes, after Caily's father died from lung cancer during the pandemic and his mom was unable to travel to the funeral. For the wholesome video, Caily shot clip after clip of her passport traveling from her home, to the airport, onto the plane, and out through arrivals on the other side. Then, Caily's point-of-view footage shows how she walked into the local supermarket where her grandmother, Catherine Mitchell, 93, works as a greeter. As Caily, 21, walked into the Walmart in St. Albert, Canada, her grandmother didn't initially recognize her - but then, everything clicked. Catherine, who goes by Cathie, looked shellshocked, putting her hands to her face as tears welled in her eyes. Then, with Caily saying, "Hi, Grandma," and the video still rolling, Catherine headed towards her for a warm, festive embrace. The moment took place on December 7 - some three years after the pair were last together for Christmas. According to Caily, every second year she and her father, Grahame, would drive from their home in Kelowna, British Columbia, to Cathie's home in St. Albert – roughly 560 miles by car. They last made the journey in 2018, as in 2019 Grahame was diagnosed with lung cancer, which meant that he was unable to travel due to his illness and the dangers of COVID, which started to spread in the months that followed. Grahame passed away in September of 2020, but Cathie was unable to fly down during his final days because of the risks.
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Location: St. Albert, Canada
  • Date Acquired12-20-2021
  • Date Filmed12-07-2021
  • OrientationVertical
  • Footage TypeCell Phone
  • Rights TV & Digital, Commercial, Publishing

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