A local military family is much happier after a surprise visit Tuesday from some bikers and a well-traveled loved one.

The Legion Riders Motorcycle Club escorted Santa Claus as he gave out gifts on Oak Creek in Converse. Three kids in the crowd had no idea they were in store for a major surprise as Santa turned out to be their dad.

Jeff Blackwell, just back from Afghanistan after serving a tour of duty overseas rode up on the back of a motorcycle and took off his hat to the cheers of his kids.

I saw the freckles on his face and it was like Santa Claus doesn't have freckles, said Blackwell's daughter.

It was hard on me no to have a lot of tears when they came out, it was a good experience said Blackwell.

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