HANSON — He asked for his brother Matthew to come home for Christmas. It was his only wish for Santa.
His wish was fulfilled Thursday afternoon because Alex Ergas, a fourth-grader, at Indian Head School in Hanson, was a very good boy this year.
Principal Jill Catreau received a letter from the Big Guy in the red suit and read it aloud to his classmates.
While she was reading the North pole response to Ergas, his big brother, Mathew Stanish, who arrived home in Hanson for a leave following Army basic training, snuck out on the stage in a coordinated reunion with Alex in front of friends and family.
In the crowd were Indian Head students, staff, the brothers’ mom Melissa Eras, Stanish’s girlfriend Hannah Faghan of Whitman, and their sister Anastasia Ergas along with other family members.
Stanish will enjoy the holidays with his younger siblings before heading back to Fort Benning, Ga. for three more months.
He plans on working as a mechanic in the Army as he continues his training.
Happy tears were flowing from Alex who nodded his head yes when an Express Reporter asked him if he was happy.
Dressed in his Army fatigues, Stanish sat with Alex who tightly clutched his brother’s arm. A granted holiday wish the Indian Head School community will not soon forget.