"This was a God sent," said Janic Garland, one of the people impacted, "I want to thank that person. Some people would say it's not much, but for me it was a whole lot."
It is never easy going to bed not knowing what tomorrow holds, especially after receiving a foreclosure notice. In the state of Maine, hundreds of people lose their homes every year and many are living from paycheck to paycheck.
"2 years ago, I lost MaineCare and they started taking more money from my social security check," she said.
But that all changed for a few people in Ellsworth who received a different kind of notice, that their outstanding balance has been paid.
"I've never heard of it or seen it in my life," said Amanda Tupper, the city's deputy treasurer and tax collector, "It was quite exceptional and we were very excited to accept the payments on behalf of this anonymous person. Se paid on a total of five people's accounts."
The woman who gave has remained anonymous - but was described as having a joyful spirit. She walked into the city office looking for a way to make someone's year a special one.
"I just pulled up my foreclosure list and said these are just some of my smaller balances and she took on a handful of them," she said.
And because of her, those that received her gift can continue to live one more day in their house without any worry.
"There are so many families out there who are struggling," said Garland, "I thank everyone out there who reaches out to people like that. You hear about secret Santa and going out and paying layaways, "Those are the people that need extra stars on their backs because they are not thinking about themselves, they are thinking about everybody else."