Trying to decide who to give $6,000 worth of HP technology to is like trying to name which kid is your favorite without feeling like guilty garbage.

My parents can attest that I have been a wreck. As soon as I thought I had the winner pinned down I got another dozen brilliant entries.

To those who entered? You are amazing people. To be able to come up with people to share with so quickly. To be honest my first thought was “I WOULD KEEP IT ALL AND NEVER LEAVE MY HOUSE.”  But you came up with strangers, friends, relatives, charities, churches, hospitals, women’s shelters. It made me think of what I really would do if I had won. I’m astounded there’s so much good in this world. Thank you. I wish I could give you all computers, but I can’t. Instead I ask whatever holiday spirits are at work to bless all of you for being so eager to share.

Alas my winner is Bennie from South Carolina. I have come across so many people in the blogging world who are blessed/burdened with sick or disabled children. I can attest to the power that blogging gives a parent and family who rarely ever leave a sick child’s bedside. Blogging allows others to share in triumphs and support through setbacks in a way never seen before.

Ben is going to be spreading some serious love, magic and hope to an awful lot of parents, children and families. Especially ones stuck in the hospital on Christmas Eve, rather than at home with their family as I will be lucky enough to be.

He was also gracious enough to donate one of the computers to whomever I felt deserved it the most. His generosity will be going to a single mom in New Mexico to help her daughter through college.

335 entries. More through email. This was tough, yo.

Bennie, let the magic begin.

HP and Microsoft Windows Live? Thanks for making this possible.

To the rest of you? There are plenty of contests still running through the 22nd of December. I will have a links in my sidebar to all of them through the end of this contest. 

Go forth and spread the magic.


  1. Phil (Lisa's husband) says:

    Congratulations, Ben and family!!! Thanks for running an intriguing contest that got our wheels turning.

  2. Woohoo! My Ben boy won the contest!!!!! I’m so excited to know this family and hopefully to be able to see the joy that they will spread in just a few weeks! You’ll be getting plenty of pics with 2 cameras and a video there! *jumping up and down for them!*

    NurseBettyLBoops last blog post..Insurance bites!

  3. Congratulations to Ben and family. Merry Christmas!

    Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommys last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: He Was Brave, But Not THAT Brave

  4. Congrats to Bennie! Odd thing is I was JUST thinking about them last night- I haven’t stopped by his blog in a while and couldn’t remember the URL. Honest to god I find that spooky as I hadn’t thought about them in months!!

    Lindys last blog post..HP Giveway!!

  5. What an amazing was to spread some magic.

  6. Wow, congrats to Bennie!
    Merry Christmas!

    Cafferys last blog post..Make Old Thumbnails Look Even Better in the new Windows Live Photos

  7. Congrats Bennie, and keep up the good works.
    Moosh, thanks for your conscientious choice!

  8. Congratulations! This prize is going to make a difference to so many lives, thanks to you!

  9. Thank you so very much!!!! We are so very excited!! This is an amazing dream come true!!

  10. Great choice. I am in a similar situation as Ben with a close friend and can relate to his story. I think you made a great choice and I’m sure your pick with warm the holidays for Ben and his family. I was very happy to read this post this morning.
    Cheers and Happy Holidays,
    Luke Schnoebelen

    Luke Schnoebelens last blog post..Spread the joy!

  11. Congratulations!!

    Christys last blog post..Cookie Swap

  12. I am still in shock. The thought is starting to kick in that this is actually real! the whole story made Nurse Vickie joyously cry this morning. I can’t wait to send video of Ben operating the Touchsmart screen. Keep in touch because I would love to get some corporations to match what we give to the Children’s Hospital.

    Thanks once again, Casey!

    Bennies last blog post..

  13. Kami's Love says:

    When. Are. You. Coming. To. Vernal.? I’m waiting!! 😉

  14. Awesome. Nicely done! Your stress was blessed.

    Reeses last blog post..Girls’ Weekend

  15. the stress was worth it. you made the right decision, hands down. rest well tonight.

  16. hey, you’re making me look bad! I have a $25 itunes card giveaway on my site (well, as soon as I post it later today). Come and get it!!! 😉

    Haley-Os last blog post..TERRIBLE TUESDAY

  17. As the single mom who has been blessed by Bennie I cannot say enough what a truly wonderful family. I hope that one day my daughter can help children in Ben’s situation. Bennie and his family will have contributed to that.

  18. Great choice and great contest to get people thinking about giving.

  19. You are beautiful people. What a wonderful post to catch up with.


    NotSoSages last blog post..The Term is Over…

  20. I didn’t enter because I read the comments and knew I could not complete with that selflessness. I am so impressed by them all!

    Domestic Goddess (In Training)s last blog post..The Days Our House Stood Still

  21. good choice 🙂

    ps. love love love the new header!

  22. Congratulations to Benny! I also loved how you did entries. What an amazing way to ensure that a deserving person got it. Good on ya! (as the Aussies would say)

    Alyson (New England Living)s last blog post..Wookin’ Pa Nub

  23. Sounds like the prize is going to a great family, congratulations! Merry Christmas everyone!


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