Grab the tissues: Watch Volusia child's surprise homecoming with brother in military
2023/07/13

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When 10-year-old Evan Ellinor wrote his Christmas list to Santa this year, all he wanted was for his brother, Pfc. James Ellinor, whom he affectionately calls "JJ," to come home. 

Ellinor, 18, left Port Orange for training at Fort Benning, a United States Army post in Georgia, in August. He isn't allowed to have his phone and has only been able to call a handful of times during the five months he's been gone. 

Evan missed his brother so much that the family started a countdown board to check off the days until he could see his brother again, so he was disappointed when Ellinor called to say he wouldn't be home until Sunday and would miss Evan's baseball tournament last weekend.

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"He was pretty upset. He was pretty down and just didn't want to go to school, didn't want to go play baseball," the boys' mother, Candace Saboda-Ellinor, said. 

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