Thursday, November 30, 2012.
A Wichita business owner is stepping up to guarantee a military family's wish to have their home decorated in time for their loved one to return home.
David Hill owns "Christmas Decor," which decorates homes for Christmas. When he learned another company backed out on the family, he said he'd do it for free.
"They just gave us a Christmas miracle," said Melody Dudley from her Auburn Hills home Thursday.
Dudley was pretty disheartened when the first company she hired didn't show up to put the lights on her home. She'd been planning to surprise her husband, Master Sergeant Joe Dudley, when he returns home from deployment Friday night.
"He knew we were gonna have lights put on, but he knows nothing else about this other company coming in," Dudley said. "It's kinda been a big secret."
Enter David Hill, owner of Christmas Decor. When Hill found out that Dudley was in a bind and that her husband was coming home from his eighth deployment in nine years, he dropped everything and refused to let Dudley pay for it.
"I'm prior military myself, but what really resonated with me was that all she really wanted to give her husband was lights," Hill explained. "I think the simplest things we overlook a lot of times, and for us, we could facilitate that."
Hill's employees even told their boss they would do the job for free themselves. Dudley says she can't wait for her husband to come home Friday and see the surprise because they've never really lit up their home for Christmas in the past. She's very thankful for David Hill's generosity.
"It's just a blessing. I mean, we were just blown away," Dudley said. "It meant so much to us to come across him and all of this happened for us this year at this special time."