Before the holiday, not only did Ellen give away thousands of dollars worth of prizes to some of her fabulous fans, she also treated one military family to a surprise reunion.
After writing to the show, Mike Lachey, a leader in the Army National Guard currently stationed in Kuwait, appeared from behind a curtain to surprise his wife Jenn and their two little girls for the holidays. Mike has served in the military for 18 years, and has been in Kuwait for nine months. He was supposed to come home after Christmas.
"I miss you and our crazy little girls so much," he said in a video Ellen showed to Jenn before revealing he was there in person. "I'm sorry that I can't spend Christmas with you, but I'll be home soon."
Sooner than expected! Jenn nearly fell to her knees in tears when she saw him standing before her. She thought she was at the show simply for a taping.
"I can't lie to her about anything so it was very difficult [to keep the surprise]," Mike told Ellen. "Even the smallest gift, I'll have to give her a hint."
The surprise went over so well it looks like Ellen might be thinking of doing it again! If you or someone you know has a home that could use a lift, write to us. Tell us about the family, and why they deserve something special.
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