While celebrating the big occasion with his friends, the lucky little boy peeled back the wrapping paper on a big box to find the surprise of his young life.
‘It’s my dad!’ he announced joyfully to his classmates at Sutro Elementary School in Dayton, Nevada. ‘Hi, Daddy!’
Army mechanic Casey Hurles, 23, who was hiding inside the box, hadn’t seen his son since he left in June.
When he learned his leave would coincide with his son’s birthday, he hatched a plan to hide out in the big box.
‘It was such a rush of emotion,’ said Hurles, who said he got butterflies in his stomach while waiting in the box.
After the excited daddy sat down and ate a cupcake with the birthday boy, teacher Dawn VanSickle presented him with a banner from the class that read, ‘Welcome Home. Thank you for your service.’