A HUGE Thank You goes out to the Lehigh Valley Womans Journal for supporting my niece, Desarae Hubbard in her efforts to get her soldier husband home for Christmas. – Mary Pierce (See Bring a Soldier Home for Christmas by, Mary Pierce featured in December’s edition of Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal)
A Bellevue family will be together for the new year, thanks to thousands of strangers on Facebook who won them a free plane ticket.
Josh Hubbard is a sailor stationed in Washington and preparing to ship out for at least 10 months. His wife, son and baby daughter live in the Omaha metro.
“We came back from our honeymoon and found out we were expecting,” Desarae Hubbard told KETV Newswatch 7’s Brandi Petersen. “He was already in the final stages of joining the Navy.”
Josh left for boot camp just weeks later, and moved to his duty station in Washington in May.
“I keep telling everyone we’re still in the honeymoon phase,” said Desarae. “We can tell our kids the secret to a long marriage is living apart the first year!”
Josh came back to Nebraska for the birth of his daughter, Eden, in September. He was only able to stay a few days with Desarae, Eden, and son Lincoln, before returning to Washington.
Weeks later, Desarae found out about a contest on Facebook offering a free plane ticket home for the holidays. All Star Ford in Tumwater, Washington encouraged their fans on Facebook to vote for the family they felt was most deserving of the trip.
Desarae entered the contest, sharing her family’s story and asking friends and strangers for votes. She also shared the link on KETV’s Facebook page.
In the last 48 hours of the contest, more than 2,000 people voted for the Hubbards. They won; Josh Hubbard will fly home on New Year’s Eve.
“To see people that were just coming and sharing our story because they were military wives or because they were veterans or in the service now was really overwhelming because these people are complete strangers,” said Desarae. “We had people in Australia sharing our story!”
To all who voted to bring her husband home, Desarae says thank you. As 2014 begins, her family will be together.
“I’m hoping [Eden] doesn’t start crawling before then,” said Desarae. “I think she’s kind of on the verge of that now. He’s really excited.”