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"Elves" Create Winter Wonderland for Soldier's Family



    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013)

    Some two dozen “elves” from Florida Power & Light created a special surprise for a Coral Springs family before a soldier’s departure for Afghanistan.

    U.S. Army Pfc. Seth Marks will be deploying to Afghanistan Thursday and wanted to make sure his wife and three kids would have a holiday season they wouldn’t forget.

    Volunteers from FPL made sure of that, as they created a winter wonderland at the family’s home, which they decorated with white and colored lights, snowmen, icicles and more holiday cheer.

    "We know the kids are a little bit sad Dad's leaving for a year, so to be able surprise them before he goes is precious,” FPL spokesperson Heather Kirkendall said of the display – created just in time for Veterans Day.

    With minutes to spare, the FPL elves put the finishing touches on the front lawn. The display includes 2000 energy-efficient LED lights.

    When Danielle Marks pulled up to the house with their three kids, she was moved to tears.

    “I thought the power was out when I pulled up. This is amazing. I was blown away. This is absolutely, absolutely amazing,” she said later, crying.

    She is a U.S. Air Force veteran. Her husband, who is a combat engineer, is deploying for his first tour of active duty in Afghanistan and is expected to be away for 400 days.

    A surprise was also in store for Seth Marks, Kirkendall said.

    "We're giving him a tablet, so he can communicate and Skype with them while he's gone,” she said.

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