Soldier in Afghanistan sends wife special birthday pizza

Fleming Island Mellow Mushroom makes special delivery for soldier's wife

Published On: Jan 30 2013 12:31:23 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 30 2013 12:34:39 PM EST
FLEMING ISLAND, Fla. -

The wife of a soldier got a special birthday surprise when she received her favorite pizza delivered to her Jacksonville home--from her husband serving in Afghanistan.

Shawn Fulker is in the Army National Guard and is in the middle of a 9-month tour in Afghanistan, WJXT-TV reports. For his wife, Josephine, birthday, he decided to try to have a pizza from Mellow Mushroom in Fleming Island delivered her.

"The customer contacted us early Friday morning, saying it was his wife's birthday and that he really wanted to do something special for her," said Brooke Chafee of Mellow Mushroom. "He wanted a pizza and gift card delivered to her, that he would call back later that afternoon with his credit card information, but we didn't ever receive an email back. We decided just to go ahead and deliver a pizza, and we took a few extra steps."

When it arrived to Josephine, her favorite pepperoni pizza was in the shape of a heart and included balloons and a gift card.

"We were both surprised," Josephine told WJXT-TV. "I opened up the pizza and it was shaped like a heart, and each individual pepperoni was cut into a heart shape. It was just so nice."

Fulker in Afghanistan was just as surprised, since he said he never called the restaurant back and had no idea that they had gone to such great lengths.

"He's special cause he's in the military and serves our country," said Chafee. "We just wanted to do something nice for our neighbors, since he's doing something so wonderful for us."

"I think that it's an unbelievably thoughtful act on their part. I will never have pizza anywhere else," said Josephine. "I love Mellow Mushroom. I thought it was just so sweet of them."

Josephine said not only did they make the pizza, Mellow Mushroom also went to Publix and bought some other things, including a $50 gift card.

"It was just very thoughtful my husband, and I appreciate it so much for supporting the troops and just doing that for him," said Josephine.