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Military children surprised in their own home

Isaiah and Micah (Source: WAVE 3 News) Isaiah and Micah (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Cliff Roberts (Source: WAVE 3 News) Cliff Roberts (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Rebekkah Roberts (Source: WAVE 3 News) Rebekkah Roberts (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Keelie Montague (Source: WAVE 3 News) Keelie Montague (Source: WAVE 3 News)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Families who have a loved one in the military give up so much, and we often struggle with how to thank them. WAVE 3 News teamed up with military support group Active Heroes to show our gratitude in simple ways.

One of the winners of the Bedroom Makeover was the Roberts family. Sons Micah and Isaiah have never seen action but they've put in their time with not one, but two parents in the National Guard. The four and five year old have spent plenty of time with their grandmother when their parents have to be away, but this family is together right now and enjoying a new way to bond.

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The thing about planning a surprise is sometimes you're the one who gets the most out of it. Micah and Isaiah Roberts thought they were arriving home, ducking down in the minivan and all hidden for dad, but this time the gift was for them.

As she pulled into the driveway Rebekkah Roberts told her sons to duck. She didn't want them to see the new playground that Steepleton had installed in conjunction with Active Heroes. 

Volunteers were at the Roberts' to makeover the boys' room, using supplies donated by Hikes Point Paint. The playground and Micah and Isaiah's reaction were bonuses.

"Isaiah, I knew he was going to be excited," said Cliff Roberts, father of the boys. "He did a whole lap around the play set ... It was something I always wanted as a kid and I'm glad my kids will be able to have something like this."

Cliff and his wife Rebekkah have both given so much for all of us.

"My wife, she did 12 years in the National Guard," Cliff Roberts said of Rebekkah. "She got out for a year and then she just got back in as an officer and I've been in for 12 years."

The makeover was a chance to reward the boys for their sacrifice.

"We're gone a lot and our kids, they have to be pretty resilient," said Cliff Roberts.

For the volunteers, who put in all the time to make this day special, seeing the genuine joy made it worth it.

"I love it," said Keelie Montague from Justin, Texas. "I think it's going to go really great cause. After seeing the kids, that made my day."

After all the surprises were unveiled, the volunteers and the Roberts family celebrated together with food donated from Zaxby's.

Active Heroes and WAVE 3 News surprised two other families with bedroom makeovers as well. The work there is ongoing.

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