Transcript for 'GMA' Helps Bring One Family Together for the Holidays
. Back now with day two of "Gma's" home for the holidays. Where we reunite families who have faced some major challenges. And today, a huge surprise for a retired military family. Here's ABC's Rachel smith with the emotional reunion. Reporter: Meet the Freemans, a loving family of five with just one wish this Christmas. To go home for the holidays. And we Facebook, we get to keep in contact. But nothing like hugging them. I really miss my family. Reporter: Karina is a mom of three and wife of a united States marine. But in 2013 their world was turned upside down when her husband, Marvin, was honorably discharged. The transition wasn't easy. It was really financially hard. He didn't get a pension or anything like that because he did 12 years. And we had to live with his mother, all five of us in one room. We couldn't afford the down payment for a home. Reporter: When they fell on hard times, they had to sacrifice Christmas at home in New Jersey and the family she misses so much. Huge, huge family. But I haven't seen them in almost six years now. Reporter: Thing they're being interviewed by "Gma" as a finalist. But little do they know we're already granting their wish. So this "Gma" elf came knocking. We are about to deliver the ultimate news to the Freeman family. They have no idea. Somebody in an elf hat. In an elf hat? Yes. Reporter: Hi. Hello. I am here to tell you guys that your Christmas wish is coming true. Are you guys ready to go home for the holidays? Yes. Reporter: Are you ready to go to New Jersey? Uh-huh. Reporter: All right, we got to get this family packed up. Are you excited? Very. Yes. Reporter: May I -- may I give you a big hug? My mom's gonna cry. Yeah. They're criers. Everybody is going to cry. Yeah. Reporter: Then the Freemans and I come up with a master plan to surprise Karina's mom, holly, and the rest of the family in New Jersey. Her cousin is our cocon spir a or, rounding up the family for what thing is a regular family dinner. After the Freemans promise to keep this huge secret. Pinky promise. Reporter: Pinky promise me, Marvin. We're off from Florida to the town of Salem, New Jersey, for surprise number two. We got Santa in on the play. We are home for the holidays. Home for the holidays. Reporter: Yay. ? hi, everyone. How are you? Reporter: I am elf Rachel from "Good morning America." And you are? Holly. Reporter: You're holly? I'm holly. Reporter: Well, miss holly. You all want to join me? You have your coats on? We gathered almost 60 family members out on the lawn. Let me just turn you around right here and let you see your beautiful surprise. ? what does it mean to have your daughter here? Home for the holidays? A lot. A whole lot. Reporter: Yeah? A whole lot. Reporter: Isn't the same without her? A christmkmchristmas miracle this family will never forget. Hi, "Good morning America," happy holidays. For "Good morning America," Rachel smith and the Freeman family, ABC news, Salem, new Jersey. Great job, Rachel. That mom's silence was so powerful. Reminds you what the real reason is. So easy to get wrapped up -- pun intended -- in the gifts. Family is a gift. And family is so important. So important. It's great. We want to say we take inspiration for the holiday reunions from the Disney "Frozen" Christmas celebration. That's a holiday spectacular and airs on Christmas day on ABC after "Gma." And, rob, you have a big one in there as well? We're in L.A., Orlando and in Hawaii. All over the place. At the same time? Like a travel miracle? In a way, yes. The miracle of technology.
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