Christmas came early for a Cumberland County, Pennsylvania boy. His father surprised him at school after being overseas in Africa for eight months.
Alex Maguire and his classmates were told WHTM cameras were in the building to do a story about school lunches. Instead, they caught the big surprise.
His dad, Sgt. Chris Maguire, pretended to be on the cafeteria staff.
He and his wife have kept the the secret for several months.
“It’s been killing me to not say something to him,” Alex’s mom, Beth Maguire, said.
In between the food, the hugs, and the excitement, Alex somehow found time to start planning the big day.
“I’ll probably open up presents and probably jump on him Christmas morning,” he said.
“It means everything,” Sgt. Maguire said. “There’s really no words to describe it. Just joy, happiness, and glad that it all came together.”
Alex’s dad will be home for two weeks before going back to Africa for two months.