The letter was addressed "to any soldier" and sent to Saudi Arabia.
So when Sgt. Rory Lomas opened it, he was stunned to find it signed by his 10-year-old daughter, Cetericka."It's amazing if you think of the odds of him getting his own daughter's letter out of the thousands that were sent," Lomas' wife, Barbara, said Sunday.
"My family couldn't believe it. They say it was a blessing and was truly meant to be," she said. "It's something that we will be very special to us for a very long time."
The letter from Cetericka, a fifth-grader at Windsor Forest Elementary in Savannah, Ga., was one of thousands written by Chatham County children and addressed "to any soldier."
The letters were packed with chocolate chip brownies called Savannah Squares. They were made by more than 1,000 volunteers and shipped to the 14,000 soldiers sent to Saudi Arabia from Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field.
Lomas, 27, a member of the 84th Transportation Company based at Hunter, arrived in Saudi Arabia Oct. 14 and received the letter a few weeks later. He mailed it back home as a keepsake.
The letter said: "Dear Soldier, Hey, my name is Cetericka Lomas. I am 10 years old, and I know you're hot over there. Well, hopefully you can get home soon. Now we are studying Indians in social studies and studying plants in science. Do you work hard? How high is the temperature over there? Well, we'll talk to you later. Your friend, Cetericka Nicole Lomas."
"It's something we will cherish from now on," Mrs. Lomas said. "I'll probably frame it and put a little ribbon on it."