Military family reunites for Christmas after months apart

Emotional reunion between soldier and sons

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One Kansas City military family will be able to be together for the holidays thanks to a grant from Operation Homefront and Walmart.

Baby Benet can hardly contain his giggles. He'll be spending his first Christmas with dad.

"It's just been a blessing really," Vicki Sanders said, who has been waiting since summer to see her husband who is in the Army. 

Sanders and her two sons have been waiting five months for this homecoming, so it's hard to fight back the tears and excitement.

"He saw an airplane (talking about her son Donovan) and he thinks he's on that airplane so hopefully it will be soon one of these airplanes," she said.

The flight had been delayed, so as more people came out of the terminal, the tougher it got for eight-month-old Benet to stay still. 

But after an hour, they finally saw a familiar face. Their soldier was home.

The homecoming was all Sanders could think about.

"Everyone else was worried about the delay," he said.

It's the ultimate Christmas present.

"I mean, being around family, it's the most important thing right?" he said. 

Although, his son Donovan still had a few requests.

"Toy shopping," the 3-year-old said.

Dad was ready to make the most of his time home.

"I think we're going to go bowling," he said, "that's what we're doing first."

Five hundred military men and women will be able to come home this Christmas because of the grant.

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