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Valentine’s Day Giveaway // Winner!

UPDATED: February 16, 2012
We resolved that there is no “best” comment because every need carries so much weight. There are so many different dynamics that make up each friendship, each individual, each family…every story is just as important as the next. My greatest hope is that we all would be compelled by love to give to one another.

We are happy to announce the specials gifts to a participant all the way from Kenya, Africa!  

Maurine, Thank You for sharing with us about the ministry of the Mercy House.

“If i had the $100 i would donate it to the young women rescued and who currently are staying in Mercy House Kenya so that they could use it to celebrate this day as they have never celebrated valentine ever since they were born and was surprised to learn that they don’t know what it even means, won’t it be amazing to buy flowers and special treats to them and their babies and tell them that God loves them so much and i love them too not just on valentine’s day but always! Mercy House is a rescue centre in Kenya which provides an alternative option to young poor pregnant girls from the street and slums of Kenya who are pregnant due to rape, survival prostitution, or abandoned by their boyfriends and the only option the have is abortion but as Christians we come in and share with them about this God who is so merciful, a God of another chance a God who will love u without discrimination and wants u to keep your baby thus we promote life and make Christ known in their lives. This girls and their babies are my valentines and will forever be!”

 

We pray and hope for love & blessings to be poured on every need presented. From the bottom of  our hearts, thank you for sharing your stories.

February 9, 2012

I have the biggest smile on my face because I am so excited to announce this giveaway:

My hope in this Valentine’s Day giveaway is that you would truly be inspired by love to give to others. There is no greater love than this- that Jesus came to earth, died on a cross, so that if we believe in Him, we are restored into a right relationship with God. The love God offers every one of us is unfailing and unconditional. It is sacrificial and giving. Because He loves us, He empowers us to love and give to others. With the heart of love and giving in mind, this Valentine’s Day, you have the opportunity to win yourself a $50 giftcard to Target and $100 to be given as a blessing to someone in need.

If you had $100 to give away to someone, who would you give it to & why? Leave a brief comment on this page.

Along with your comment, make sure you complete these steps to enter to win:

1. Follow us on twitter @shea_christine

2. “Like” our facebook page

3. Update your twitter/facebook to say “i want to win a giftcard from @shea_christine! http://www.sheachristine.com/?p=1765/”
*Tag Shea Christine Photography’s Facebook Page or @shea_christine on twitter

Anyone & everyone may enter to win. The winner will be selected by Shea Christine & 2 other individuals. Entries must be received by February 14th at midnight.  Be sure to come back on February 16th to see the winner! We can not wait to read every single comment & story!

Bryn Schult -

Hi Shea! I’ll sign up for your giveaway :o )
Completed the steps – I would love to give $100 to my sister. Her and her husband both graduated college and can’t find jobs. She just had her 2nd child – her husband is now staying home and she is working a job she hates to provide. They live in small town Iowa (population 800!!) and she feels very lonely/has been really down lately. She called the other day to tell me they just want to have a date night, but nobody will just sit with the kids for a few hours. Would love to be able to give her extra money simply for a date night! If I gave her $100, she would use it for something practical – she needs $100 for herself!

Thanks for the giveaway – and happy thursday!! :O)

Sarajane Case -

I’d love to give the money to my mom. She worked 3 jobs my entire life. We didn’t have money, but, she never let us know it wore on her. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how much she had gone through to raise us. Now, I see her working 50 hour weeks to just pay her bills. She’s never once complained and never once indulged on herself. I’d love to give her a spa day or something fun after 38 years of her life being dedicated to my brothers and I. She deserves it more than anyone I know.

Mary Miller -

This is a very hard question, I can think of a lot of people who could use $100. But I think if you asked me at this very moment who I would give $100 cash to, I would probably have to say my after school program. I’m a transitional housing manager for a non-profit Christian organization, and one of my responsibilities includes a small after school program (ASP) held for the school aged children in our housing. These kids are very blessed to have their basic needs met by the organization we work for and generous families in the community. However, part of my ASP is trying to help them break the habits their parents learned and are teaching them, the habits that lead to financial instability and irresponsibility. I am currently working on building a garden on one of our properties for the kids to work on during our few hours together in the week. The purpose of this garden is to help our kids learn responsibility, investment, and the reward of hard work, among other things. They will also potentially learn money management as our small community also holds a farmer’s market twice a month, and I would love to see our kids be able to rent a booth and sell their produce to raise money for field trips, rather than always waiting for a handout. I know that God will provide whether it be through generous neighbors, or a $100 giveaway… ;) if this would benefit His kingdom. It isn’t an immediate need, and I’m sure there will be many more who would benefit from a blessing like this, but that is just my answer. After all…you asked.

Shelby Burton -

As much as my family could really use the $100 there is someone always struggling more. My family has been blessed beyond what we deserve, but God has put us through when we had nothing. I would love to give back a blessing in Gods favor. I would give this $100 to Julie Bayles and her family. They moved away many years ago to Wisconsin and beginning in 2007 their son Seth has been battling a rare, yet very serious disease. With no idea what it is or how to treat it. This October will be 5 years since Seth began living a life full of pain. Seth will be 12 years old in August and has 4 younger siblings and 2 older. His father works at a small family store to try and provide for medical bills. Not to mention the rest of the family and household bills. They were a family that invested in my life very much when I was a child and now this child is my inspiration. He is the strongest kid I know and never complains about a thing. He has multiple things he is being treated for and sometimes spends up to 3 weeks in the hospital. I know that this family could use the money, because at times they live without power and very little food to pay for Seth’s treatments, but please also keep him in your prayers…
You can visit Seth’s caring bridge to find out more about his life long conditions…
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/SethBayles

Sydney -

If I had $100 to give away right now I would honestly have to give it back to my parents since they are helping us out by paying for the majority of our wedding. Probably not the most charitable contribution in the comments section but the most personal for me right now.

Karla A. Torruellas -

I was thinking really hard about who in my circle of known people could benefit with $100. The first person to pop in my mind is an employee in my company named Maria. She had a work-related accident this past November and it has left her with limited movement on her left arm, which is her primary arm. She doesn’t have any children and lives alone. Because of the accident, she missed a lot of work, and being an hourly employee at minimum wage, has struggled to get back on track. She confessed a couple of weeks ago that she was struggling to pay her mortgage and that even her phone had been disconnected. If I was able to bless anyone with $100, I would choose her.

Joy Pinder -

$100 dollars would go to Jesus ( sounds cliche but $10 would definitely go to Him)-ha! but when getting the money i would manage it in the moment of prayer and the need that is presented. Everyday need is presented to me either through a student, child, family, missionary, mission trip, never will needs run out. so at the moment of receiving it we will leave it up to God where it would go. He always reveals where, so it will be a mystery until the moment. Now if I win the $50 gift card I know The need i want to give that to, its a teenager who is pregnant, due in a couple of months. She was adopted and her adopted mom died when she was a child do she will raise this baby pretty much on her own but is determined to graduate high school. So that gift card would help her with diapers and essentials and give her hope and love! Very proud of her that she choose to keep the child and not choose abortion. Anyways I just want to give it all away-God is good. Very cool you are doing a give away.

Jana Long -

What a fun giveaway! I liked your fb page and now following you on twitter! I also tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/janamelinda/status/168141748978192384
If I had $100 to give away, I would find a single mom who is struggling right now. I am a single mom of three, and I know what it feels like to live well, but I also know what it feels like to truly struggle to make ends meet. It’s hard work raising up Godly children by yourself! My church has a group for single moms, so I know it would be so easy to find one that is seeing hard times right now. I would love to be a light to her!!!! Unexpected gifts are soooo amazing, and bring on such joy and such relief! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to come up with a certain amount of $ to pay for something, and then God stepped in and made it happen. Thank you for the opportunity!!! xoxo

June L -

I would like to split it between my mom and two little brothers. They are always short on cash and I wasn’t able to do anything for them for Christmas.
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updated my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=242534389164853&id=100000440530293

Kara Olson -

Love ALL your photos! I liked you on Facebook, I’m now following you on twitter and tweeted and updated my status on Facebook!

I was just talking to a friend of mine today that I would love to buy someone’s grocerys someday! Maybe a mom that was carrying a WIC folder or a mom that had kids with! I had someone buy my coffee one day and it really made my day that someone thought of me! I would just love to buy someone’s groceries when they don’t expect it!

Thanks
Kara

Alicia Bailey -

I will be heading with Compassion International to Ecuador in just 12 days (yay!). I will be meeting my two sponsored children. Just last week Compassion informed me that one of my children, Diana (17) is four months pregnant. I am still in shock and I’ve been saving up for a while to go on this trip–to go on the trip and to bring my two girls gifts and necessities. If I had $100 I would purchase extra items for Diana’s baby (since I didn’t originally prepare for an additional child), as well as items that will help her survive as a young single mother (the father has left and refused to marry her). I know that the Lord has me going for a reason and He has known all along what Diana’s life would look like at this point. I know the Lord will provide for Diana, but I am still very eager to find a way to help her in the biggest way possible.

Maureen Owino -

if i had the $100 i would donate it to the young women rescued and who currently are staying in Mercy House Kenya so that they could use it to celebrate this day as they have never celebrated valentine ever since they were born and was surprised to learn that they don’t know what it even means, won’t it be amazing to buy flowers and special treats to them and their babies and tell them that God loves them so much and i love them too not just on valentine’s day but always! Mercy House is a rescue centre in Kenya which provides an alternative option to young poor pregnant girls from the street and slums of Kenya who are pregnant due to rape, survival prostitution, or abandoned by their boyfriends and the only option the have is abortion but as Christians we come in and share with them about this God who is so merciful, a God of another chance a God who will love u without discrimination and wants u to keep your baby thus we promote life and make Christ known in their lives. This girls and their babies are my valentines and will forever be!

Shelby -

I completed all the steps!

If I had $100 to give away, I would give it to my fiance’s parents. They are going through a really difficult financial hardship right now and they are STILL finding ways to bless us and try to give us a beautiful wedding, even if it’s not monetary. They are being forced out of their home and are also having to find new jobs because their new home (that she inherited from her father’s passing a little over a year ago) is in a different city. Honestly, they have been such a huge support to us emotionally, that they would really deserve it. And even if I don’t win, I know that God will provide for them, and for those of you that are reading this, please pray for their family.

Maureen Owino -

Thank u so much for this blessings, i wish you knew what u have done to the girls and their babies. May God bless u so much, oh my glory be to God!!