Area Couples Dream to Go "Home for the Holidays" Comes True - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/6/05

Area Couples Dream to Go "Home for the Holidays" Comes True

There's no place like home for the holidays but for some home is not an easy place to get to. That's why Southwest Airlines makes dreams come true each year.

Carole Thornton was in her Oakwood Baptist Church Preschool Class when nothing short of a holiday miracle came her way. She says, "The pastor and the Mayor came and knocked on my door and got me out of class and told me I had been selected to receive this honor."

Carole and her husband Garry were handpicked by the Mayor of Lubbock to receive round trip tickets through Southwest Airline's "Home for the Holidays" program. The tickets will take them anywhere Southwest flies. Garry says, "I was working at Covenant Medical Center when she called and I was at a loss for words. I told her well isn't that great." Mayor Marc McDougal adds, "It's a great story this couple has and a great family... very deserving." Carole says, "I think the distance had a lot to do with it. Probably 95% of our entire family remains in Maine and the fact that my husband did serve in the military for 22 years."

Carole and Garry moved from Maine to Lubbock to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren. The couple plans to use their gift from the Southwest Santa either to visit the Northeast or they may save them for their son's safe return from Iraq. Carole says, "You could call it an answer to prayer." and Garry adds, "I would say it's God's doing really."

This gift comes after a rough year for the Thornton's. We mentioned they have a son in Iraq... His wife and four children came to Lubbock from Gulfport, Mississippi as evacuees escaping Hurricane Katrina.

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