A soldier from Montgomery County returned home just in time to surprise his three young children for Christmas.

While aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt two weeks ago, Quino Alonzo contacted his wife to let her know that he would be home for Christmas.

The family said Alonzo had missed other holidays and even the births of some of his children during his ten deployments over 22 years, but this would have been the first time he would to miss Christmas.
With the help of his wife, Joy, they decided they would wrap Alonzo in a giant box for the children to unwrap on Christmas Eve.

Alonzo’s ship docked in Norfolk, Virginia on Tuesday and he soon boarded a plane to return to Houston.

As the night was winding down and the kids were getting ready for bed, Joy told them they had a gift to open early.

The children opened the big box and much to their surprise, they were reunited with the father.

Alonzo will finish this tour when he goes back January 1. He plans to retire in a year.