TOMS RIVER - Santa Claus granted a little girl's Christmas wish this morning.

McKenzie Ceraldi wrote to Santa Claus and asked to see her dad for Christmas. The girl's father is Air Force Airman First Class Sal Ceraldi, who has been training in Gulfport, Mississippi for the last seven months.

While her brother Chase and her cousins were with her at Santa's side at the Ocean County Mall, McKenzie's dad jumped out from around the Christmas tree.

He had been sent a photo of his daughter's letter to Santa and knew that he had to make her wish come true.

Ceraldi's sister, Alecia, made the dream possible. She says she got the idea on Wednesday and coordinated with the mall to make it happen.

In 15 days, Ceraldi has to report back to Mississippi. But for the holidays, the family is complete.