Ohio Family Receives Christmas Miracle

By: Steve Borecky
By: Steve Borecky

Christmas came early for a family in Marietta, Ohio who lost everything in a house fire.

Santa and his helpers with the Army National Guard make a special delivery with three military trucks loaded with gifts.

For Meredith Burris and her family--it's a Christmas miracle.

The day before Thanksgiving, their home burned down, leaving the family with nothing.

"The things that we have salvaged are all smoke damaged and we don't know if we'll be able to keep any of those things," said Meredith Burris, Sgt. Burris' wife.

That's when the Guard stepped in.

Meredith's husband, Robert, is a sergeant with the unit based out of Columbus, and when his fellow servicemen found out what happened, they knew they had to do something.

"This is meant to get them through the holidays. The entire Army is a family and that family will always be there for each other no matter what time of year," stated Sgt. Jason White, of the 137 Airlift Regiment.

So the Guard and Columbus community pitched in and donated everything from furniture---to clothes---to toys.

"Oh my gosh. It's amazing. We had already decided to cancel
Christmas this year until now, and this is going to be the biggest Christmas we've ever had in our lives," added Burris.

But the real surprise will come in a few days when Sergeant Burris gets home from duty.

"He just thinks its a few things coming to the house today, and I've left everything else a secret, so it's going to be a big shock for him," stated Meredith Burris.

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