Since its founding by the Rev. Jim and Vera Dingman in 1954, Sunshine Acres has never been just a foster home. To many of the more than 1,600 children who have lived there, it is their extended family. Set on 100 acres on the outer edge of Mesa, Arizona, the community does no formal fundraising and relies on the generosity of neighbors and strangers alike.
This month, Sunshine Acres was in for a huge surprise. As part of Getting to the Heart of Christmas, Walmart and The TODAY Show teamed up to throw the biggest holiday celebration Sunshine Acres has ever seen.