Airman Surprises Needy Family with Christmas Gifts

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CANTON, Ohio — U.S. Air Force Reserves Senior Airman Bryan Tessanne was on a mission Christmas Day.

Tessanne, his family and his co-workers at Mercy Medical Center spent the day trying to brighten the holiday for a Canton family.

“I was told by their aunt that the husband had gotten into a motorcycle accident, and he’s had a couple of surgeries, and he can’t really support the family the way that he needs to,” said Tessanne.

Tessanne spearheaded a campaign in recent weeks to collect gifts, food and household necessities for the Moreland family. The six Moreland children smiled and laughed as he handed them toys and stockings filled with treats.

Their father, Andrew Moreland, is especially appreciative of Tessanne’s kindness. He has been unable to work since he broke his hip and leg and shattered his pelvis in the motorcycle accident in September.

“Since this has happened, the support of people that I don’t even know has been crazy. I don’t know what we’ve done to deserve strangers helping us the way they have since this happened,” said Moreland.

But Bryan Tessanne said the gift is in the giving.

“Since I did join the military, you know, it’s all about service before self and this community service is a way of giving back,” said Tessanne.