North Carolina woman gets big Mother’s Day surprise

Patricia Jones -- a mother of 12 with more than 50 grandkids and one great-grandkid -- has been a caretaker to her husband while also dedicating her time to serving her church’s local food bank.
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We are counting down to mother's day and we're also gearing up for our This year we're celebrating Patricia Jones or miss pat as she's known mother of 12, 52 grandkid, one great grandkid. A caretaker to her husband and working at the local food bank. We'll treat her, ginger and T.J. Down there doing the treat gearing up for the big reveal. Ginger, how is it going? So good. I cannot believe more than 70 people in miss pat's family and they kept this secret. Yes, miss pat, a woman who not only cares for and about all these folk, but about her community. So she has no idea. She's packing food boxes inside the glad tidings gospel church. We got the bed, we got the family. We need miss pat. Do your thing. We'll get miss pat out here and she's in there working for her food bank now doing what she often does and has no ide this is taking place so let's make it happen. Hey. Hey there. Oh, my god. Oh, my goodness. Miss pat, hi there. I'm T.J. Holmes. I know. Oh, my gosh. What a surprise. The local news isn't here to cover you today. "Good morning America" is and you're live right now on "Good morning America." Oh, my god. No. Miss pat, I need you to come with me. 2340. Just trust me. Oh, my god, no, T.J. You just have to trust me. Come, come, come, come. I know it's been a heck of a year and haven't been able to see family as much as you would like to. You got to trust me, miss pat and it's been a tough year for a lot of folks. You hear the noise down here already. But I know you got 12 kids, 52 grandkids. How did you know all this? I know a lot about you, miss pat. I know a lot about you. And you might recognize some of these folks. I do. Come on, miss pat. Oh, no. Oh, no. Oh. No. Come on, miss pat. Oh, my gosh. Come with me. It's all right. No. What? This is our "Gma" breakfast in bed. Oh. Oh! Have a seat, have a seat. 2340. You get comfortable right here. Oh. No. Miss pat, I know the family hasn't been able to spend as much time together. It's been a tough year for a lot of folks but they nominated you and want to honor you as the best mom, okay? So you get comfortable and I want to you take a look and we'll show the -- You can sit back. Miss pat. We'll show the whole country. Oh, my god. They say it takes a village but to those who love Patricia Jones she is the village. She always made sure she took care of everybody. I think of all the thing she's ever done for us. Reporter: 67 years old Patricia is mother to 12 kids. Yeah, 12. Now they're all grown up but she spent so much of their childhood raising them alone. We stayed in a single-family home and what was considered the projects. A lot of types she had to work two jobs just to make ends meet. But she was determined to make sure that struggle didn't affect her family's happiness. We didn't have a lot but we didn't know we didn't have a lot. She had a good way of hiding it, I tell you that much. You live life like it was the best. We didn't have a dinner table big enough to fit us all but enjoyed and had a really good time. Reporter: If raising a dozen kids of her own wasn't enough somehow she had more love in the tank to share. For many in her neighborhood she was like a second mom. If my mom needed something, if she needed anything, medicine, money, food, anything, miss pat would go out of her way to help my mom out and, you know, when you got five kids and you can't feed them and then you got a neighbor like miss pat or a friend like miss pat that's helping you feed your kids, we don't forget stuff like that. When I think of the term it takes a villages, it takes a villages was a person, it would be miss pat. She was just -- she was everything for us. Reporter: To this day, miss pat just can't stop giving. Volunteering at her church's food bank. She's a caregiver to her husband who had a stroke eight years ago and now helps to raise her more than 50 grandkids. Hey. Hey, Bryson. You know I love you. Yes, you do. I know you do. This is the point where I'm going to cry and I don't want to but I'm a single mom of three boys and having raised 12 of her own kids and then stepping in to help me has been a godsend really because I couldn't do it by myself and if I didn't have my mom, I don't know where I'd be right now. Reporter: Now to this remarkable woman who gives so much of herself, her family wants to say thank you. Mom, this is your favorite child. I just want you to know that I love you so, so, so very much. If I could give you the world, I would give it to you. I thank her for being the glue to our family and I'm just so grateful that I was born in her family and that she raised me. Grandma, all I wanted to say is I love you. Happy mother's day. Happy mother's day. Nobody deserves this more than you. I love you. Mwah. And miss pat, if you can for a second, wait, can we hear from you? Save the tears but your reaction. They told me you were mild-mannered but we'd love to hear something. I don't know what to say. I'm just so -- I'm at a loss for words and I love my family. I love all of you. It is such a beautiful moment and, miss pat, I want you to turn this way if you can just a I know the bed is a little cumbersome but this day is about pampering you. I want to you look over where Bryson and Darren, your grandsons are holding one of the giant mother's day cards. Open that up. Let's see what else is in there. Yeah. Oh! No. Oh, my goodness. Marshall's and homegoods. Oh, my goodness. Miss pat, you are getting a $5,000 gift card. You got to take care of yourself. Get some new outfit, get some I know you, though, you'll take care of your family and get nice things for their homes. Yeah. But, miss pat, this is so far from the end of this morning, we are not done with you yet. There's more to come to celebrate miss pat. How beautiful is that, everybody? Oh, my goodness. How did y'all do that? That's awesome. How did y'all do that? T.J. Told them, we know -- how you know all that about me? How could you not love miss pat? Oh, what a reaction and we're excited because that's not all. T.J. And ginger have more in store for miss pat. We'll be back with more breakfast in bed. "Gma's" breakfast in bed is sponsored by T.J. Maxx, marshalls and homegoods where Yo When it comes to flooring, I'm hard to please. So, I go to Floor & Decor where they don't just know the difference between products, they live for it. From American Hardwood to Spanish Porcelain to Italian Marble, I'm looking for inspiration from every part of the world. So, when it comes to discovering every imaginable tile, wood, laminate or stone without compromising my design, one aisle doesn't cut it. I need an entire store. Now, I've got one. Explore Floor & Decor in person or online at flooranddecor.com I'm Dr. Dave Chokshi, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 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