Monday, December 21, 2015

Girls Get Christmas Wish, Soldier Dads Came Home

Santa helps soldier surprise children
Cheryl Mercedes
Posted: Dec 18, 2015

Christmas came early for three girls in Livingston Parish. When they visited Santa at The Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs, they got a big surprise.

The wonder of getting to meet the jolly old guy in the big red suit is an experience most children look forward to all year. Some of them don't know what to think of Santa Claus. Others know exactly what do to.

Kayelynn Hutchinson, 8, could not wait her turn.

Her mother Susan told Kayelynn and her sisters last week they would be making the trip to see Santa, But their dad, Private First Class Christopher Hutchinson, would not be there. He left home early in November to attend basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

"It's been very mentally draining, emotionally draining being without them," PFC Hutchinson said.
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Kansas City soldier returns home, surprises children
Tom Dempsey
Dec 18, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the Fleming sisters, Christmas was expected to be tough this year.

Their father, Major Paul Fleming of the U.S. Army, told them he would not make it home this year since he was serving overseas in South Korea.

The girls told their father they would wait for him to come home before they opened their presents.

One of the girls, six-year-old Riley Fleming, wished for a Furby this year for Christmas. But most of all, the girls wanted a chance to see their father.
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Soldier surprises daughter at elementary school sing-a-long
KETV 7 News
Dec 18, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. —An elementary student received an early gift Friday.
Second-grader Riley got her holiday letter to Santa answered during a special school sing-a-long.

Riley knew her dad, a specialist in the Nebraska Army National Guard, would be home soon, but didn't think he would show up at Black Elk Elementary School.

"I wish he was home for Christmas, that's what I wanted for for Christmas...," Riley said.
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