The Ultimate Yard Makeover contest has concluded and a winner has been chosen. We would like to thank each of our 78 entrants, and those that cast nearly 1,200 votes, for making it an unforgettable contest. Each story and picture inspired, encouraged, and deeply moved us. Thank you for sharing your powerful stories.
Tracey Astorga received 247 votes, had 23 comments, and was viewed nearly 1,600 times. Although it was not a popularity contest, Tracey’s entry was far-and-away the top viral submission. Read her emotional story:
I am a single mom for the last 9 years who struggled to keep a nice home for my 2 boys. When I met my boyfriend, Gilbert I was so glad someone was finally here to help me with the yard or as we called it the sand lot, all the neighborhood boys playing baseball, kickball etc.. So Gilbert recently started working on the yard but some unforeseen circumstance have prevented us from finishing it.
Gilbert got laid off and now his dad has been diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer so between the hospital and financial problems we have been unable to finish our yard. We actually want a family get together before his dad dies but our yard needs help. I saved up for a basketball hoop for my boys but since April they haven’t been able to use it because the yard is in such a disarray. I work at Head Start, a school for low-income and special needs children providing resources in the community and now I love to receive help my boys. Thank you for considering to help my family.
Congratulations Tracey, and thank you to everyone that entered, voted, viewed, and in some way participated in this contest.