(FLORENCE, KY) -- A soldier from the Tri-State serving in Iraq reaches out to FOX19 to help him send a message to his family this Christmas.
FOX19's Sara Gouedy was there as we helped Andrew and Casey Patterson make a connection, all while thousands of miles from each other.
It's a message sent from Iraq, and Andrew Patterson is speaking to his wife and daughter in Florence.
"I was just sweet. I just can't believe he would do that," said Casey.
Casey Patterson watched the message on FOX19.com Christmas morning.
That's because her husband had emailed us, looking to make a special connection with his wife, even though he can't be by her side.
"He would do anything just to be home, and he's a really nice guy, and cares a lot about his family," said Casey.
19-year-old Casey has been raising the couple's daughter, Madeline, with the help of her family.
Madeline's only two months old. Christmas morning, Casey's mom says it was hard to be joyful.
"This morning it just didn't seem complete because Andy wasn't here," said Sherry Molhem, Casey's mother.
But this Florence family is holding on to one thing: Andrew gets out of the Army soon.
"He'll be here next year, and we'll all be together," said Molhem.
Casey says Andrew should be getting home from Iraq in May. So far, he's not scheduled to go back.