Who are you wishing to be reunited with this holiday? For one young man, it was his birth mother.
“I was adopted at age two. My adopted parents were always super supporting and loving. They gave me everything that a kid can hope for; education and love," Raymond said in a video posted to YouTube by Kohl’s as part of their #AllTogetherNow campaign.
“They’ll always be my mom and dad but it was always just a big mystery; who are my real parents? I just really wanted to know,” Raymond said.
After being apart for 17 years, Raymond reunited with his birthmother in California.
“I knew he’d find me one day, I just didn’t know when,” his biological mother tearfully said in the video. “When he was a baby, he used to lay on my chest all the time, I just want to hold him and let him know that I’m not gonna ever leave him again.”
When the pair finally saw each other again, there was not a dry eye in sight.
“You’re beautiful,” Raymond said as he hugged his birth mom.
“You are too!” she replied.
“To give him away like that was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’m just beyond thankful,” she said.
“It feels great to be back together,” he said.