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Getting To The Game: Local Couple Down On Their Luck Gets Surprising Donation

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A local man just lost his job. He and his wife were going to have to sell his birthday and father's day gift (Seahawks tickets) in order to pay for expenses. A local man just lost his job. He and his wife were going to have to sell his birthday and father's day gift (Seahawks tickets) in order to pay for expenses.
NBCRightNow.com - A local man just lost his job. He and his wife were going to have to sell his birthday and father's day gift (Seahawks tickets) in order to pay for expenses.

Joyce Johnson and her husband Bret have only lived in the Tri-Cities for a few months. They have been dependent on both of their paychecks, but now that his aren't coming in they've hit some bad times. Just when they thought they'd have to sacrifice a trip to Century Link to see the game between the Seahawks and the Chicago Bears, they were met with some unexpected kindness.

"Last week he actually unexpectedly lost his job. So we decided, we have a 4 month old baby and that's obviously more important taking care of her than spending the extra money to go to the game," explained Joyce Johnson.

They went straight to Tri-Cities Deal Or No Deal, a Facebook page where locals place items for bid and they either make a deal or not…or like in this case something amazing happens.

"Well my sister started emailing me at work saying, this thing's going crazy. People want to give you money for you and Bret to go to the game."

Justin Babler works as a Lineman for the City of Richland's Electric Utility Department. As an avid Seahawks fan he started out bidding on the tickets, but when he read about the Johnson’s tough times he suddenly had an idea.

"I kind of sat there for a little bit and I was like, shoot I got $20 on fuel, 'who's with me?' Right after that another woman posted she had $20," said Babler.

Soon another person posted they would donate, then another person and another.

"It just kind of spiraled from there," said Johnson. Her sister started a YouCaring.com page just to organize all the donations coming in. Within hours people had donated over $250 for the couple to get to the game.

"I mean we were trying to make the responsible choice and it was just, I can't...my husband smiled for the first time yesterday since he lost his job and it was amazing."

The Johnsons said they moved to Washington recently to raise a family. They never knew they'd be moving somewhere that people could be so giving.

"It was very touching and it was just kind of reaffirming of your faith in humanity."

The twist? The Johnsons are actually huge Chicago Bears fans and are going to the upcoming game in Seattle to cheer their team on. Justin Babler and the other Seahawks fans knew that when the donated. It just goes to show that in true 12th man spirit what matters most is the love of the game. 
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