In a touching letter to Santa, eight-year-old Jessica Pierce, asked Santa to use his Christmas magic to bring her sister, Baba (Alexandra Dinet) home from the Army for the holidays.
Dinet, who is in training in the military, was not originally scheduled to be home, marking the first time in young Jessica’s life when the whole family was not together for Christmas.
She and her siblings, Mia, Bella and Jacob Pierce were on hand during Lura M. Sharp Elementary School’s Morning Program for what they thought was Jacob’s Dare to Dream Award Ceremony, but what was waiting was another, even bigger prize.
As the morning program began, Principal Andrea Lomber, rolled a large cart containing a very large wrapped present on top. Lomber began to talk about what a special time of year it was and reminded the students to think about the people who can’t be here to celebrate.
“We have many men and women who serve in the military that are forced to be away from their families during this magical time of year,” Lomber said. “…nobody knows better than a few friends of mine here at Lura M. Sharp how hard it is to not have a family member here for the holidays.”
At that time, Lomber began to read Jessica’s special wish from Santa and then lifted the large box from the cart to reveal Alexandra Dinet inside the box.
Her brother and sisters rushed to the front of the room to embrace their sister and through tears and laughter excitedly welcomed her home.
Dinet is currently in AIT Training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
She will be able to be home for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday before returning to Missouri to complete her training.
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