Holiday Trio Giveaway #3

If you’ve been following the blog you know that throughout December, NYAW is hosting a festive trio of holiday giveaways. (You can see the first two here and here.) This has been such a fun series. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing the spirit of giving with each of you, and I am excited to introduce the final giveaway!

With the holidays coming to a close, we are approaching the beginning of a new year. In the past few years since the loss of The Hubs, I’ve viewed the beginning of a new year negatively — yet another milestone, yet another event that he couldn’t be a part of. Many of you may feel the same way. This year, I am determined to change my outlook. I want to view the new year the way he would want me to — as a gift. The opportunity to start anew, to be refreshed and to embrace all of the life I am still blessed with, with thankfulness. And I wish the same for each of you. In that vein, I can’t think of any better way to start a new year than by giving.

Giving to others reminds us of our worth. It reminds us of the impact of our presence, the value of our compassion, and the importance of our love. No matter how much pain we may be in, we still have the ability to bring a smile to the face of another. And in doing so, we bring a bit of peace to our own hearts.

This final holiday giveaway will provide 3 readers of NYAW with the opportunity to do just that. 3 readers will be selected for a $100 donation made to the charitable organization of their choice, either in their name or in the name of a loved one they wish to honor. 

This giveaway is open to everyone — all you have to do is comment on this post and tell me your favorite charity. Who are they? What do they do? And why are they dear to your heart?

If there is a cause out there that touches your heart, please consider entering this giveaway. And please share it with all of your friends. It doesn’t matter if they read the blog or not, I just want to spread the word as far as possible and provide a wide opportunity to support those charitable organizations that do so much for others. Let’s begin the new year with a spirit of giving, gratitude, and optimism.

  • Loot: Three (3) $100 donations to the winner’s charity of choice, made in their name or the name of a designated loved one.
  • Winners: Three (3)
  • To Enter:
    1. [Mandatory] Join NYAW using Google Friend Connect in the sidebar on the right and leave a comment telling me your charity of choice and WHY they mean something to you.
    2. [Extra Entry] Like NYAW on Facebook
    3. [Extra Entry] Promote this giveaway on Facebook
    4. [Extra Entry] Promote this giveaway on Twitter
    5. Be sure to leave a separate comment below for each individual entry to I can tally your total entries!
  • Giveaway Closes: Saturday, December 31st at 11:59 pm
  • Winners will be selected using and announced on the blog on Sunday, January 1st. Donations will be made on January 1st to the charities designated, in honor of the designee selected.

I would say our local food pantry in town, called Salt and Light. They mean something to me because I have been very close to needing to call them in the past. I follow you!

I like you on Facebook, too. And I have to say, this is such a beautiful thing. I have never seen a better giveaway.

One of my favorite charities is “Best Friends Animal Society”. Best Friends tries to place
dogs and cats who were considered “unadoptable” into good homes, and reduce the number of unwanted pets through spay and neuter programs. My family gives to them every year instead of exchanging Christmas presents. Their website is

Chris Frost

My favorite charity would be the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation

They were there to help out my family when I got wounded, they have big hearts and a desire to help.


My favorite charity is Ronald McDonald House. When my son was hospitalized with jaundice shortly after he was born, it occurred to me how incredibly hard it would be to have a seriously ill child in the hospital and not have the means to be with him or her. It’s been my favorite every since.


And I already like NYAW on Facebook!

Stephanie Richardson

It wasn’t until one of my classmates(1990) asked to be friends on face book, that I knew he was fighting for our country. Not long after, I read about the loss of one of his military brother’s, Bryan Berky. Since that day, EVERY ONE of OUR Fallen Soldier’s and ” Their Widow’s” have been in my mind.
I can’t imagine what it is like for donated money to the WEODWF as Christmas.

Stephanie Richardson

I will two group that mean a lot to me and then I’ll leave it up to you. My family was blessed with the donation, I made in memory of SSgt. Bryan Berky, to the WEODWF. So that is one group that would appreciate it. Otherwise, the Hydrocephalus Assoc. because I was born with this birth defect(my fiance,too).

This group you came up with Erin, will always have a special place in my heart. Take care and GOD BLESS!


Erin this is a wonderful thing you are doing. I hopw word of your blog makes it all over the world. you are a great writter and we can all learn from you. Your an amazing wife, mommy and daughter in law.
Of course EOD Memorial is my choice. No explanation needed.

April Chamberlin

This is a wonderful thing… You are such an inspiration to me in your strength, character, caring and loving spirit. I am in complete awe of you and the things you have accomplished with everything that you have gone through. You are raising a wonderful child to become a great man, friend, husband and father to someone. You are passing on more than you know at this time… You will look back when Harrison is 30 and wonder how you did it all and so well… One day at a time, doll!!!

Jennifer Carroll

Erin, This is an awesome thing you are doing. You are such an inspiration to all of us. I am sharing this on my fb and twitter. Of course my choice is EOD Memorial Fund. May you and little man have a wonderful New Year!!


The Lions club is dear to my heart for 2 reasons; 1) they paid for Justin’s eye surgery when he was 18 months old because we didn’t have the money and they paid for the after care too.
2) I donated Ed’s eyes to them so maybe someone else would have vision as an inspiration and a good thought. They do wonderful acts for people everyday.

This is such a great giveaway. My charity of choice would have to be the national kidney foundation. For raising awareness of urinary and kidney diseases and helping to increase the number of organ donors so that people who are in need of a kidney have a greater chance at a match. Watching my father battle kidney disease being on dialysis and how it took such a toll on him and how we were all so blessed that my aunt was a match makes this organizationvery dear to my heart. If chosen I would like for the donation to be made in honor of my father Joe Cox.


I like you on fb too! My favorite charity (although this is hard to do) is the ronald mcdonald house. They were there for us for two if Nadia’s surgeries. I dont know what we would have done without them.

I’m a GFC follower.

I like you on FB.

I shared this wonderful giveaway on facebook

also shared on twitter.

sorry didnt read the second part. I would actually turn my choice over to you and have you pick your favorite charity :)


Shared the giveaway on FB!

Janel Przybysz


Girl I love you a little more each blog entry I read! And each pictures I see that you have taken!!

My fave charity is torn between 2!

1: RMHC (ronald McDonald house charities!) we lived therefor 3 months while Dylan was recovering from brain cancer! They treated us like family! We were there at Christmas time and it was such a blessing to have a place to go! But yet be so close!!

2: make a wish! They made Dylan’s (and our family’s) wish come true! To meet the steelers! Oh to be a child! The entire exoierebced was so amazing! And the time and live they took into our family to make it so memorable! Just really no words!


The charity I would pick would be the EOD Memorial. They helped me in a huge way after losing P and I want that to continue for others!


I would definitely pick the EOD Memorial, for reasons we already know. They were great to us and I want the services to be available to everyone else, if needed!


Sorry….my other one wasn’t showing up so I sent another and now I see my previous post. If you can delete one that would be great.


I joined NYAW with my google – My charity would be The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – my daughter has a cheer friend, Royce Tisdale, who is 12 years old that was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. He is a very strong and ambitious child and will not give up on his cheering during chemo :-) (link on my fb page somewhere from the local news)


I already like NYAW on FB


I shared on FB….. cant share on twitter because i don’t really use it :(

Dana Jackson

I would say SSLF for some wonderful widows, in honor of My Joe Jackson! Sharing hope for all of us!!! Love the blog!! Liked you on FB. Thanks for your wonderful words Erin!! Happy New Year!

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