FPL makes the holidays brighter for a soldier’s family
January 23, 2012

For the third year, FPL and the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach program teamed up to provide an unforgettable holiday surprise for a member of the military.

More than a dozen volunteers from FPL and Forgotten Soldiers Outreach spent hours stringing lights and setting up holiday decorations at the Ft. Pierce home of Sgt. Kristy Sexton during the week before Christmas.

By the time the FPL “elves” had finished their work, Sgt. Sexton’s home and driveway sparkled with more than twelve thousand energy efficient L.E.D. Christmas lights.

“It’s great that we can partner with FPL and do something for the community, uplift
a soldier who’s coming home,” said John Oldham, a volunteer with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach.

Sgt. Sexton has served two tours in Afghanistan. She spent the last six months working with Army intelligence and surveillance overseas. She flew in from Germany Christmas week, not knowing what was in store when she returned home.

“This is the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me,” said Sgt. Sexton, shortly after arriving home to see the display. “This is amazing. I wish that anyone who’s ever served could come home to something like this. Thank you.”

As it turned out, this was a double surprise. Sgt. Sexton’s two sons, ages nine and twelve did not know she was coming home. She surprised them at school the day after she arrived.