Many folks ask for material items at Christmas, but for one local family, it was a person that santa delivered just in time for the holidays. 20 year old Private Jordan Rhoads left home 6 months ago for a tour in Afghanistan. He performed various operations daily, as well as being a dog handler. He got the idea several weeks ago to surprise his family members, and it worked. His mom, Elaine, who is a life skills para professional at West Perry Middle School, never saw it coming. “We knew he was gonna hopefully be home for christmas, but no being able to tell us exactly when…”, she said. Jordan says even though they were worried about him, he was more worried about them. Private Rhoads is looking forward to being home and planning a wedding date with his Fiance.