HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - It was an emotional reunion for one Henry County family.
Marine Sgt. Garen Evans has been deployed to Japan for the past seven months and was set to return home in December.
But Friday, his children got an early holiday surprise when their dad unexpectedly showed up to their school.
Sergeant Evans and his wife say it was definitely hard to keep Friday's early homecoming a secret.
“It was hard! Every time that we'd talk, I just wanted to like 'Oh, and you'll see dad in like 5 days! But I just wanted it to be a special surprise for them,” his wife said.
As for how they pulled off the surprise, the employees at Ola Elementary School worked with the family to keep the children distracted until their dad make an appearance.