Christmas came early for one military family. They're spending the night in a Portland hotel, free of charge, as a thank you for their service.
The Weslow family had planned on a quiet Christmas Eve at home. All that changed a week ago when they got an email saying they would be treated to a night at the Hotel Vintage Plaza in downtown Portland.
"Our plans were very simple, the modest Christmas Eve," Master Sgt. Aaron Weslow said. "Open one present, wait for Santa on Christmas morning to see what he brought. It turned into something that we'll really remember."
That's exactly what he had in mind when he wrote to Kimpton hotels. Every year, the chain celebrates military families with an overnight Christmas Eve stay in each of their hotels in Seattle and Portland.
Last week, Weslow heard back and found out he'd be able to give his wife Sayaka the surprise for which he'd been hoping.
"Just walking through the room and seeing the preparations that so many people put in to get us, [it was] such a memorable event, and seeing the room itself and the incredible property that we're on," he said.
Weslow and his wife, Sayaka, met when he was serving in Japan. Now stationed in Washington, he said it's not always easy for his wife to get home to see her family.
He said being able to recognize the sacrifices she's made makes this holiday extra special.
"It kind of has the same effect on everybody, even me sometimes when I think about how much she means to us," Weslow said. "For her to be recognized that way really touched her."
He said he's thankful he can show his wife and family what their commitment to his service means to him this Christmas.
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