Mall Santa Reunites Boy with Soldier Dad
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA- A 5-year-old boy, Chris Smerbeck, has just one Christmas wish that stands out most of all.
"I do want some toys, but I really want my daddy," said Smerbeck.
Chris went to see Santa at the Macy's store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to help him with his wish. Chris' dad, Sgt. John Smerbeck, has been in Afghanistan for nine months on his fifth tour with the 10th Mountain Division. But what young Chris didn't realize is that his dad had just arrived back in Pittsburgh a couple of hours before and was waiting for the right moment to surprise his son.
Chris' family coordinated the reunion with the Macy's store knowing just how important it was for Chris to see his dad, who he calls a hero, to be home for the holiday.