Have you ever entered a sweepstakes? If you have and you're like me, chances are you did not win anything and moved on.
But some people enjoy it and try again, trying to increase their odds of winning. One of those lucky winners is Rich Cavanaugh, who contacted me recently to tell me about a prize he won through Family Dollar Stores.
"For several years now, I have entered sweepstakes as a hobby," Cavanaugh said. "I don't remember exactly why I started entering sweepstakes, but I have found it to be a stress-relieving activity and fun as well.
"While I have received numerous minor prizes over the years, nothing compares to the Family Dollar All-Star Education Sweepstakes I won last year."
Cavanaugh had to choose a school to receive his $2,500 winnings and also a teacher who would receive $1,000 in Family Dollar gift cards for school supplies. Since his wife, Jennifer, works at Harris Road Middle School, choosing a school for the $2,500 was not difficult.
"As everyone in this area knows, Harris Road Middle School is one of the largest middle schools in North Carolina," Cavanaugh said. "However, most people are not aware of the Exceptional Children program and the special teachers who make it all happen.
"With Jennifer's help, we chose Lisa Ramirez, one of the young teachers in the EC Department, to receive the gift cards. Jennifer and I also donated $250 in Family Dollar gift cards to be used in the EC classes for school supplies and other needed items."
The $2,500 check was presented to Principal Jim Williams.
"This money will be used to cover scholarships for eighth-grade students to attend the Washington, D.C., field trip in March," Williams said.
Several fundraisers are organized for the students to work on paying for the trip. If the students participate in the fundraising and their family cannot afford the remaining cost of the trip, then the scholarship fund will make up the difference. Williams said the school uses every means available so that no student is denied due to lack of money. This donation will ensure all students can to attend.
"I would like to share how appreciative we are at this generous gift," Williams said. "Over the past few years the number of scholarships requested has increased, due to our increased size and the recession. Our teachers stepped up by providing more fundraising opportunities for the students, and we have never denied a student the opportunity to experience the field trip due to cost."
"We have parents who offer donations for students and have pulled from our picture and yearbook funds to cover costs in the past," Williams said. "This donation will be a welcome relief this year and will be used as intended."
Congratulations to Rich Cavanaugh for taking the time to enter a sweepstakes that will improve and touch so many lives. What a selfless and considerate hobby you have!