A little girl got the Easter surprise of a lifetime when her dad, deployed to Afghanistan, returned home.

Navy petty officer Steve Philipps says his daughter, Avery, gave him a heart before he left for Afghanistan, and he carried it with him the whole time. She has a “daddy doll” with his picture on it that she sleeps with every night.

The surprise homecoming had been planned for months. Friday, Philipps dressed up as the Easter bunny at the Ohio Valley Mall.

When Avery walked up to the bunny with her “daddy doll” and wish list in hand, the bunny showed her the heart. That’s when Avery realized it was her dad behind that bunny suit.

Watch the touching clip above.


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