HOUSTON—There was a high stakes strategy session for a high stakes surprise at the Houston Texans Grill Tuesday evening.
Organizers mapped out the plans to help a naval petty officer who had just returned home from Afghanistan surprise his 11-year-old nephew.
“It’s confusing but we’ll get it done,” said Jose Munoz, who served an 8 month tour of duty. “There’s a lot of moving parts but hopefully everything goes as planned.”
Part of the plan involved Houston Texans center Chris Myers, who jumped at the chance to help put a smile on a young boy’s face.
“It’s something that you always see on line or on TV,” said Myers. “And it hits close to home. It always brings a tear to the eye when you see something like this.”
After about an hour of waiting, Max Garza walked into the room and met Myers for the very first time.
“How long have you been a Texans fan,” asked Myers.
"I’ve been a fan for about 3 years,” said Garza.
It was a nice moment but it paled in comparison to what happened when Garza’s uncle walked in dressed like a waiter.
“Oh wow,” said Garza as he hugged his uncle.
“I was worried about you during the war,” said Garza.
“Well I’m home now,” the uncle replied.
There were other soldiers at the Grill. They were there to support a fundraiser for the Lone Star Veterans Association. The group helps soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan adjust to civilian life.
“We’ve already raised several thousand dollars,” said John Boerstler, a LSVA board member. “We’re hoping to raise several thousand more.”
But for one young boy, what happened on this night was priceless.