'Today' surprises South Bend mom for Mother's Day

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email


A Michiana mom got a Mother's Day surprise she will never forget.

It's all thanks to her kids and NBC’s "Today Show," which is surprising five deserving moms this week for Mother's Day.

Linda Mochel was leaving work at Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning when she walked into the lobby where her 10 kids and NBC’s cameras were waiting.

Tears started to fall because she has not seen a couple of her 10 kids in months because they live out of state.

But, it didn't end there.

One of the reasons she hasn't seen those kids is because she doesn't have a car reliable enough to make the trip out of state.

So, she was surprised with a new car thanks to Ford Motor Company.

“And she finally drags me down here and then I am starting to see people that I know and I am thinking, ‘Something smells like a fish, something is up,’ but no one clued me in on what it was. And then I saw them and I was like, ‘Oh my god,’ because I haven't seen some of them in months, and that's hard,” Mochel told NewsCenter 16.

“Today” said Mochel stood out because, not only does she have 10 kids, but she's worked the night shift at Memorial for more than 20 years just so her kids didn't have to go to daycare.

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