I was delighted and moved by the comments I received yesterday on my blog. On top of being hectic, the last few days before Christmas is when so many families start to feel the pinch of all that gift giving, particularly during these difficult economic times.
My team and I read through all 281 of the entries and finally selected the winner randomly. I wanted to share the comment from our winner Autumn, because I thought it perfectly captured the sentiment of my blog and of the season:
We are running out of funds so my husband and I opted out of buying for each other. We just have too many friends and family members who need a little cheering up this Christmas season. I would use the card to buy more presents for them. So although, it would be a great gift for us to use, I can honestly say it will be given away. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!
Congratulations, Autumn, and many thanks to everyone who entered! It sounds like many families are really stretching the Santa budget this year, but the giving spirit lives on in many different forms – from homemade granola to volunteering at local shelters.
We are very fortunate to have such an amazing community of families here at Care.com. It is clearly reinforced by the incredible stories that have been shared with me throughout the year.
Thank you for being a part of our community, and we look forward to continuing to help you find great care for your family in the New Year.
Wishing you very happy holidays,
Sheila and the Team at Care.com