Chiefs LB replaces turkeys stolen from homeless shelter

You could say Chiefs linebacker James-Michael Johnson has this holiday spirit thing down pat.

Johnson wrote on his Twitter account Wednesday that he will replace more than 300 turkeys recently stolen from a homeless shelter in his hometown of Mission Viejo, Calif.

Johnson is urging his followers to donate turkeys to Mission Solano, which feeds over 1,000 people every Thanksgiving, according to Fox Sports Kansas City.

“It’s heartwarming to know that we have people that know about us and care about this community,” Nick Fisher, director of development of Mission Solano, told Fox Sports Kansas City. “It’s so awesome (that), even though you may not be living here, your heart is still here. He’s really looking out for his community, and it’s amazing. So we’re super excited about that.”

Johnson’s generosity is not only appreciated, it’s altered NFL fandom.

“We are perpetually Chiefs fans,” Fisher said. “We’re going to get all the gear. … Kansas City Chiefs all the way, as far as Mission Solano goes.”

A 2012 fourth-round pick of the Browns, Johnson was claimed by the Chiefs on Sept. 1. He’s recorded four tackles this season in a reserve role.

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