Published: Dec 25, 2013 3:39 PM EST
Updated: Dec 25, 2013 8:40 PM EST

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - It was a sight Mike Dyson thought he'd never see this holiday season. Christmas morning, he watched his sons Julian and Michael unwrap their gifts and play with new toys near the family Christmas tree.

"It's hard for a man not to break down and just cry right here on camera from all the love we've been given and support from the community," Dyson said, wiping away a tear.

December 5th, Dyson and his family watched an electrical fire burn up their mobile home, nearly all their belongings and every hope of a happy holiday.

"The day of the fire... all I could think about was, 'How was I going to provide for my family?'" Dyson said.

But those thoughts were quickly stamped out.

Dyson said the morning of the fire, people who news of the family's troubles immediately sprang into action. Donations of toys, money and necessities came pouring in from around Southwest Florida and as far away as New York and California.

But the greatest gift Dyson received this season wasn't found wrapped under the tree.

"Just faith in humanity -- that we're going to be all right, and everybody still loves each other as people," Dyson said.

It's a true holiday lesson he wants to pass on to others in the new year.