RAYMORE, Missouri (CNN) — A mother in Missouri got a special delivery when her pizza was delivered by her son who was home from Afghanistan.
When Sergeant Ross Hobbs was not busy fixing Apache helicopters on his 11-month deployment to Afghanistan, he was conspiring with his sister back home in Raymore, Missouri to make his homecoming something truly memorable.
“He was just like… I want to surprise mom and dad. Help me,” said his sister Lynda Tucker.
The pair set to scheming, starting by dashing their mother’s expectations of a homecoming this past weekend.
“He was going to have to see a physical therapist and have some evaluation and he wasn’t going to be home yesterday with everybody else,” said his mother Katie Hobbs.
After months of planning, Ross and Lynda finally came up with a perfect way to surprise their mom, with the help of a very unlikely ally… Pizza Hut.
“I said – this is what we want to do. We want to get a uniform, dress him up as a driver and have him bring the pizza and he loved the idea,” said Lynda.
The Pizza Hut manager wanted to help Ross with his plan.
“It was amazing to be a part of it. Just to do something like that was amazing,” he said.
On Sunday night, Ross’s mother watched his unit come home from Afghanistan on television and wept.
“All I could think was… I just want him home. I want him back. I want him back here. I want him stateside,” said Katie.
The secret was held until dinner time, when the pizza man knocked on the door.
“And I come around the corner, and I can’t even explain the absolute joy that I saw when I saw his face,” said Katie.
“It went a lot better than I thought it was going to be,” said Ross.
Ross was home safe and sound, and this family was complete once again.
“My family is here. It’s wonderful. There’s nothing like it. Absolutely nothing like it. Absolutely nothing. I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” said Katie.