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Generous fans send forever families to the Texas Bowl

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Tis' the season for "bowling" and giving at Reliant Stadium. 

It was all about the bands, the fans, and of course, the football as Minnesota battled Syracuse in the Texas Bowl Friday night. 

Jose Gallagher, 15, was seeing it all for the first time. 

"'Have you ever been to Reliant Stadium before?" Nope. 

'What do you think, it's huge, right?  Yep, just glad I didn't take the stairs," he said.

Jose and his little sister, Samantha, along with two other children, were adopted by Harry Gallagher and his wife through Depelchin Children's Center. 

They all got to go to the big game for free thanks to some generous football fans! 

"It is family bonding time, not just the game itself, but the drive down and talking about the game and what we'll see,"  said Harry Gallagher.

More than 1200 free tickets were given to Depelchin, The Boys and Girls club and the Houston Texans YMCA. 

It all started with a Syracuse fan blog.  Not many fans could travel to Houston for the big game so they raised $45,000 online to buy tickets to donate to the children's charities. 

"So this is a way for them to buy tickets, distribute them to charity and maybe create a dream, create a moment for somebody who would've never come to an event like this... to see the Orange, see Syracuse and say you know what I wanna be a college football player or I want to go to school there," said Joe Giansante with the Syracuse athletic department.

Many of the children helped and adopted out by Depelchin, like 17-year-old Wesley Gallagher, have seen tough times.  But a night like this is something they'll never forget.

"'You're here with your new brothers and sisters, what kind of Christmas was it for you?'  It was the greatest one I could probably ever have,"  said Wesley.

Depelchin Children's Center is the official charitable beneficiary of the Texas Bowl. 

"I think it's really cool for them to see this is what it would be like to achieve my dream, if I stick with this I could be playing at the college level, I could be cheering at the college level," said Analisa Warren with Depelchin.

Syracuse beat Minnesota 21-17 to win The Texas Bowl.

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