The Charities Selected by the Winners!

This week, the winners of our Christmas Eve give away took some time to select the charities that they wanted their donations sent to! We are really excited about their choices!

Coco was our adult grand prize winner. She has decided to divide her prize between two different causes. Half of her money will be going to her local Safe Nest domestic violence shelter. This is something that means a lot to my mom, because her own volunteering efforts have a lot to do with ending domestic violence and protecting children who have been abused. The other half of her prize will be sent to Suneel’s Light!!!! We are really excited about this, and we know that our friend Kristen will be too! Suneel is someone who is very special to Kristen, and he lives right here in our area!!! Thank you so much, Coco.

Lillian, Duncan, Hunter, and Drew were the winners of the child grand prize. Their donation will be sent to The Huntsmen Cancer Foundation in Utah. Many people in their family have struggled with cancer, and they thought this would be a good choice as a result! And they weren’t the only ones making donations to help end cancer!

Nedra was the adult winner of the better late than never award. Her donation will be going to Roswell Park. Someone she loves was treated there. And so were some of the people that I love too. This makes me really happy.

The Duvall family won the child better late than never prize. They would like their donation to go to the Marathon, Florida Turtle Hospital! As someone who wants to be a veterinarian when I grow up, I think this is a great idea.

My mom and I have put together a spreadsheet that lists the winners, their selected charities, and the web and real addresses of the organizations where donations can be sent. We will be in touch with everyone who pledged to match my funds early next week! We need to give Mr. Jones time to meet with his class again so that they can select their charity as well.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, EVERYONE! THIS HAS BEEN SO MUCH FUN!

I can’t wait to talk about what the new year will bring…….

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5 Responses

  1. I am so excited that Coco has decided to give half of her prize to Suneel’s Light! This really means a lot to me and I know it does to Suneel and his family as well. Laura, every time I log onto your page and read your entries I find myself being overcome with emotion, in a good way. What a great project this has turned into! I hope more people will join in on the fun of making a differnce!

  2. Congrats to the winners! Everyone picked awesome charities. Even bigger congratulations to you, Laura, for doing and continuing to do such an amazing thing. You and your mom are awesome people!

  3. Laura, thank you so much for agreeing to split my prize among two very worthy charities.

    Suneel’s smile tugged at my heart the first time I visited the page for Suneel’s Light, and I am hoping for a cure for him and other afflicted children soon.

    I just realized I didn’t send you the link to Safe Nest yet. Here it is: http://www.safenest.org/

    This is a subject dear to my heart as well. This shelter is the only emergency shelter in the city for victims of domestic violence where there are programs specifically for them and their children. I know their resources are stretched to the limit, and this will help them a lot.

    Bless your heart, again, for this wonderful and inspiring project. Never doubt that the differences you made spread far and wide, and will continue to do so. It is a pleasure to say I “know” you. 🙂

  4. First of all I want to thank you and your mom for the time and effort you put into this wonderful blog. As an elementary teacher, just learning about blogs, this is an exemplary blog that I can show my students and the administration to begin teaching them about blogs. Second of all, I’d like to thank all of the people who generously matched your funds. I was surprised and honored to be awarded the Better Late than Never award.
    I was so pleased to see that you want to continue your project. I love the idea of helping the smaller lesser known charities. I’ll be keeping a close eye on your blog over the year. I will also continue to share your ideas with my students and encourage them to continue to think about how they can make a difference throughout the year as well. You are a remarkable young lady!

  5. Wow you don’t know me but sweet site im new to this site and wish you good luck!

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