Local Girls Get Early Christmas Surprise

Two students at North Todd Elementary received a big Christmas present a little early .

And it was an experience they'll never forget.

Mariah and Destiny Wilder weren't sure what they were about to open in front of the entire school early Dec. 13.

Their dad, Sergeant Matthew Wilder, was recently deployed to Iraq.

He sent a letter to the school saying how sorry he was that he had to miss their birthdays.

But to make up for it, the letter said he had sent them a present to open.

Mariah's mom says all Mariah wanted for Christmas was her daddy in a box.

So when Desiray Wilder found out her husband was coming home on Dec. 12, she decided to make Mariah's dream come true.

The school helped arrange the surprise.

Sergeant Wilder will be home for the holidays before heading to aviation school.

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  • by Mark & Phyllia Clark Location: Brownstown, Mi on Dec 25, 2007 at 05:40 PM
    We're Matthew's Uncle and aunt, and we are so thankful that Matthew came home safely after serving his fourth tour in Iraq. We're also thankful to WBKO for allowing everyone to witness this very special event. God truly does answer prayer.
  • by Desiray Location: Elkton on Dec 22, 2007 at 10:32 AM
    WOW! The surport has been great and my girls love to hear all th comments. Thank everone for leaving the sweet comments. I will being adding them to my girls scrapbooks and giving them more of the moment captured in time. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
  • by Cindy Location: Oak Grove, KY on Dec 19, 2007 at 12:10 PM
    As a friend of the family it was estremely exciting and heart-warming to be able to see this surprise on the website. Destiny and Mariah are extrodianry little girls; a true reflection of both parents. Merry Christmas!!!
  • by Barb Location: Michigan on Dec 17, 2007 at 06:50 PM
    Welcome home, Sgt. Wilder! God bless you and your family. Thank you for your service to our country, and have a blessed Christmas with your family.
  • by steven Location: jackson,tn on Dec 17, 2007 at 02:54 PM
    way to go! hope you and your family have a happy hoilday! santa claus is a dream come true after all!
  • by Omeca Location: Virginia Beach, Va on Dec 17, 2007 at 10:29 AM
    This country is lucky to have MEN like you protecting her. The war is just - and you are noble. Welcome home. Enjoy your family
  • by Claude Location: New Waverly on Dec 17, 2007 at 08:57 AM
    The original Christmas Story. Thanks Sgt Wilder--God Bless you and the family and we all pray you return safely and with Godspeed.
  • by Greg Location: ND on Dec 14, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    Welcome home Soldier....and....what a Great surprise for your Girls!! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
  • by Mike Location: Rochester, NY on Dec 14, 2007 at 08:33 PM
    What a wonderful story! Welcome home, Sgt. Wilder. Thank you so much for your service to our country! We are in your debt, sir. Best wishes to the entire Wilder family. Merry Christmas!
  • by coco Location: georgia on Dec 14, 2007 at 07:35 PM
    It is wonderful to see these young girls have daddy home; I want to thank him and all of our military for their service. God Bless Them.
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