Navy Daughter Surprises Mother On Christmas In Pitt County

A Pitt County mother had a very special Christmas this year. Her daughter, who is in the Navy, was able to come home and surprise her. WITN was there to capture the moment.

At the time of the big surprise Katie Moore was at her sister's house helping to cook food for the annual "Feed The Streets."

Moore and her sister, Carrie Baker, have run "Feed The Streets" since the early 80's. Their family and friends help to prepare a big feast and then they invite around 100 people in the community to come and enjoy the food.

Moore had no idea that her daughter, Felisha Shelley, was returning home from Afghanistan. When her daughter walked through the front door Christmas morning, Moore screamed in shock and gave Shelley a big hug. She says, "I was shocked, but one of those good shocks."

Shelley says, "You know everyone wants to see you in uniform coming up, you don't want to see the other people in uniform because they will let you know casualties have happened. Just coming in with my uniform and I'm proud to say she's supported me from day one."


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  • by Angie Location: Gville on Dec 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    So glad you were able to spend CHRISTmas with your family! God Bless You!
  • by just saying on Dec 27, 2011 at 09:10 AM
    God Bless you Felicia for defending our country. So very glad you were able to be home with your loved ones over the holidays. Thank you for all you do for the USA!!!!!
  • by USFOR-A (IG/History) Location: Afghanistan on Dec 27, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    Wow, you had us all crying and wishing for the same thing. So glad to see that you made it home safely and even more, surprised your mother. We are proud of you. Best wishes - you know who we are!!!!
  • by Shirley Location: Farmville on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    To THE Voice: I am a long time friend of Felisha's. She made a choice to defend our country and follow the orders within the job she chose to take. Whether the media fed us with "patriotic propaganda and nonsense" as you put it or the idiotic notion that "nobody cares", is just your opinion. I happen to care because she is a friend of mine. Does she agree with everything she was ordered to do, or where she had to go for the last year? Doesn't matter. She did her job. You are not THE Voice. You are A voice. You would do well to remember that soldiers like Felisha, those before her, and those after her, provide YOU the opportunity to blast the media, the government and whoever else you choose to point the finger towards. No matter if you agree with the war or the government, these people are human beings, who have families and friends. If it was your son or daughter, I highly doubt you would feel the same way. Felisha faced death several times. I am just thankful and glad she is home. Don't ruin a child's chance to hug her mother when she could have come home in a casket. Show some respect and take your negativity elsewhere.
  • by THE Voice Location: Berkeley, CA on Dec 26, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    It amazes me that over the past several years, the "of the troops, by the troops, and for the troops" media and right wing mandated Xmas celebrations have fallen by the way side. Fact is, nobody cares. The "support our troops" craze is over. Celebrations such as this for the army of the poor are fine. Let's keep it this way instead of media fed patriotic propaganda and nonsense.
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      by parmele on Dec 28, 2011 at 08:30 AM in reply to THE Voice
      get some professional help you need it more than the people locked up in cherry and dorerta dix's hosptials.
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        by THE Voice on Dec 28, 2011 at 09:23 AM in reply to parmele
        You need a basic course in Grammar before you post another idiotic comment. The fact of the matter is that there are those of us who do not support your so-called "heroes" or believe the lies and propaganda.
  • by Trena from Curves Location: Farmville on Dec 26, 2011 at 06:28 PM
    Felisha, your mom talks about you all the time and is so proud of you! I feel like I already know you through her. What an awesome Christmas surprise for the both of you! I'm so happy for you, Ms. Katie! I know your heart was just bursting at the seams!! Love you & see you soon!
  • by Larranaga Location: Greenville on Dec 26, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    What a wonderful Christmas surprise. God bless this family and all military famalies.
  • by ncyankee Location: goldsboro on Dec 26, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    From one vet to another, THANK YOU for your service, to your MOM, MERRY CHRISTMAS.. God bless..
  • by Dawg on Dec 26, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    Felisha, thank you for your service. What a blessing for you and your Mom for you two to be together this Christmas. And what a blessing the annual "Feed The Streets" is to so many. Thank you all for all you do. Merry Christmas.
  • by USMCCID Location: ENC on Dec 26, 2011 at 02:47 AM
    Awesome story! Thank you for your service to this great nation! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!
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