Come Christmas, and people all across the world go crazy guessing the gifts that will be given away this Christmas on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Over 13 grand seasons, Ellen’s talk show has only become crazier than before. People love her for her smart chats, her smile, her pranks and most widely for her big kind heart. Every year, Ellen gives away gifts worth thousands of dollars to her followers, spreading smile and love on everyone’s face. However, there were certain moments in the show that become memorable, engraved deep into our minds. Well, here is a list of 7 such moments when Ellen did magic and changed the lives of these people, gifting them their biggest dreams.
LISA JARMON (2012)
Gifts: Car, 12 days of Christmas Giveaways, trip to Disneyland and a new custom made home
In the year 2012, Lisa Jarmon, a single working mom from Texas, received a surprise. She was selected as an audience for the Ellen DeGeneres Show. She was gifted a brand new car for her and her kids. The very next year, Jarmon was brought back on the show on the occasion of Ellen’s birthday and was gifted all 12 days of giveaways. Again a month later, Jarmon and her kids were gifted a trip to Disneyland and her own customized home by KB Home. This has been the biggest gift till date on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
KIRBY THOMAS (MCAULIFFE ELEMENTARY) (2014)
Gifts: $25K fund to school, book mobile and a home makeover
It was February 2014 when Kirby Thomas, a Library Media Specialist earned the McAuliffe Elementary school a check of $25K from Entitle. She also gave away $25 worth of gift cards from Target. However, checking at the excitement coursing through the veins of the kids, Ellen went all out and gifted another $25K to the school as a summer fund. Moreover, as Kirby herself adopted 2 young foster children, Ellen gifted her house a beautiful child-proof home makeover.
JENSEN FAMILY (2011)
Gifts: $10,000, $25,000 gift card from Whole Foods, NFL tickets and jerseys.
In 2011, the noble Jensen family received a surprise that changed their lives. John and Tammy Jensen worked at the Putnam City West High School where students from low-income families needed more food. So, the Jensen couple started their very own pantry for the children, and even helped one of the kids move into their own house. Looking at the good work that the couple was doing for the children, Ellen wanted to help them with their work. So, she gifted them NFL VIP tickets for a New Orleans Saints game, jerseys for the game, $10,000 and lastly $25,000 worth of gift cards from Whole Foods.
Gifts: A trip all around the world
Ellen is known for her quirky comments and pranks. The hostess dished out a gift of $40,000 in her show to a random audience. Tatiana, a regular girl who just happened to visit the show was completely out of the world when she won the game “Will HE Wonka or Will He Won’t?” and guess what she won? Tatiana won a golden ticket for four, around the world along with a cash prize of $12,500, making the total come to $40,000.
SHERRIE GAHN (2011)
Gifts: $100,000, backpacks filled with school supplies to every single student
An inspiring elementary school principal, Sherrie Gahn was an inspiration to every student in the Whitney Elementary School, Las Vegas. Ellen and Target, gifted Sherrie $100,000 for her good work and also gifted all her students backpacks filled with school books and supplies to help them study and have a brighter future.