Eleven years after his death, the spirit of Carl Verdal still lives in Sandpoint, Idaho. People especially remember his selfless good works caring for others and the beautiful gardens he created at First Lutheran Church.
On Christmas morning in Sandpoint, Idaho, a dozen or so small children gather around the tree to see what Santa has brought them. The kids all have at least one thing in common: Santa is definitely not their parents. They are the kids of Kinderhaven, a group foster home and emergency shelter in this small northern Idaho town. They have been removed from their homes and placed here for their own protection.