Organizations teamed up to surprise a Fort Benning Soldier for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s day came a couple of days early for Army Sergeant Karina Lino.

“My family told me that I had won something. I mean, I wasn’t really paying attention to my husband when he said it. He just told me I need to be somewhere at a certain time,” Lino said.

The Lino’s showed up to the Cricket Wireless at three o’ clock this afternoon to claim her prize, but she got a lot more than she expected. Cricket Wireless gifted Lino with $3,000 worth of Delta gift cards, a dozen red roses, gift cards to TGI Fridays and even more. 

“Adriel and Ava had their own wish list and Cricket is happy to share these gifts that we’ll pass to you with your children,”Gilyard-Tate said.

Cricket Wireless also gifted her two daughters with a couple of toys to add to their Pepa Pig collection at home. Lino says she hasn’t been home to Honduras in several years and this will be her family’s first time meeting her youngest daughter. 

“I never thought that I could get tickets to go back home, like that’s a big. I’m so excited about it. Going back home is actually something that I have been wanting to do,” Lino said. 

Sam Rhodes with the Warrior Outreach center says he nominated Lino because of her service and compelling story. 

“Sergeant Lino and being that she is a mother of two and volunteered to deploy even though it wasn’t her unit and going into Afghanistan for nine months was pretty significant,” CSM Rhodes said. 

Lino says along with her gifts to see her two daughters so excited to open their gifts made her Mother’s day even more special.

Lino says with her new gift cards she plans to visit Honduras this summer with her family.  

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