Area 3rd Grader Gets Early Christmas Surprise – Mom Back Home From Serving Overseas


Well it was a happy homecoming for an area 3rd grader who asked Santa for something no amount of money can buy. Reporter Brooke Schweitzer was at Strum Elementary this morning and has the story of how one mom, who dedicated her life to serving our country, came home to surprise her son for Christmas.

“We have had a special gift dropped off here at school today,” Music to a 3rd grader’s ear, “and we don’t know who it belongs to.”

“I thought it was going to be like a Santa, or a giant bicycle.”

But for 8-year old Roy Pittman, this present, finished with a silver bow, is something he didn’t think he’d see this Christmas.

The kids all yell “it’s a box!!!”

Yes a box, but what’s inside, something no amount of money can buy.

The box opens, and Roy rejoices, “Mom!!!”

“I really wanted her to be around more often because she was gone a lot.”

Roy’s mom, Ashley Huiras, serves in the U.S. Army. Deployed overseas, she wasn’t going to be home for Christmas.”

Roy understands his mom’s duty. “She was helping our country, protecting it, and she’s one of the very special people in the Army.”

So one thing Roy asked Santa for, his mom, a feeling his teacher Ms. Seidl knows first hand.

“There was a lot of Christmases I wasn’t able to spend with my dad because he was deployed, so this has been a really great experience to be able to surprise Roy like this.”

Now Roy and his mom reunited will celebrate togetherA Christmas filled with love

“Did you know that Roy? You’re the best thing that happened to me”

And one they’ll never forget

“and you’re the best mom that I’ve ever had.”

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