It was a heartwarming act like any other.
An app developer in New York surprised his parents on Christmas by handing them a plain, white envelope that changed their lives forever.
According to the Daily Mail, the envelope contained a handwritten note from Joe Riquelme to his parents that said: “Your house is paid off. Merry Xmas. – Joe.” It also included documents from their mortgage account.
Riquelme posted a video on YouTube showing his generous act.
The video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was posted, showed him on the couch with his parents and their dog.
He looked visibly nervous when he tells his parents that he had one more Christmas gift for them.
In the corner of the handwritten note, Riquelme drew a box with a list of three things his parents had done for their family with check marks next to each one: raising kids, college loans, mortgage.
Riquelme’s mother burst into tears of joy when she read the note saying “I love you. Thank you, Papi,” while she showered him with kisses.
The app developer late wrote on his Facebook page: “Sometimes the best gifts come in the lamest packages. Merry Christmas everyone! – feeling happy.”
According to his Facebook page, Riquelme is a graduate of the University of California Davis who founded the New York-based startup Videoshop, a video editing app available for the iPhone.