Residents in the town of Thornton, Colorado, stepped up to give one single mother of three an amazing Christmas surprise.

The town presented Velia Peterson with a brand-new minivan, and after getting over the initial shock, she couldn't hold back the tears.

Peterson explained that one of her cars was stolen, and she was unable to make the payments on a second car.

She said that with her new minivan, she and her kids won't have to spend hours each day on the bus.

"It's going to change everything," she said.

Watch the feel-good clip above.