Do you remember the Chrysler Town & Country Family Vacation Do-Over Giveaway where one of my readers won $150?  Well, little did I know when I posted it that one of my readers would also win the big $5,000 prize in the Chrysler Town & Country Sweepstakes!

Here is Tricia’s “Sweeps Success Story”:

“I love Heather’s site, sign up regularly for lots of freebies…and even share them on my own blog, which you are free to check out at Tricia’s Frugal Reality Blog (I give out monthly prizes also). I don’t enter many contests, but the Chrysler vacation do-over contest intrigued me because you had to actually DO something to win…write an essay AND get people to vote. Even though I signed up on the last week of the contest, we quickly went from 500th-ish to first place, garnering 1673 votes from family, friends and strangers, and then were chosen from the top 3 stories by a panel of judges to be the first place winner of $5000.00!! (Well, actually, we got the call and signed the affadavit; now we are just waiting for the check.) Here is our original winning essay:

“On December 23, our family was travelling from NC to MI to be with extended family for Christmas. But somewhere near Elyria, OH we hit a patch of ice, and what we now refer to as “the lost Christmas” began. All four children were admitted to the PICU of a local hospital. They had-among other things-broken backs, internal ruptures, and major facial fractures. My husband had a broken hand and I had a broken toe. Instead of the pumpkin pie-eating-family-gift-swap-Christmas-Eve-Service we had planned, we spent 21 days with some incredible hospital personel hundreds of miles away from family. I would love to do it over, to take away the ice and the pain and the nightmares. Today though, we are thankful to have four healthy kids and difficult memories that bind us together as a family!”

We plan to donate half the prize money back to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland who helped us so much during the wreck. It’s all about paying it forward and realizing that everything in life is a blessing from the Lord…even the tough stuff!!

Thanks to Heather for keeping us up to speed on such great freebies and contests. My mailbox loves you!! I think I’ll be more apt to enter more contests now!” -Tricia

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