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Heart to Serve Challenge: $500 Giveaway

For the past several years during the holidays, we asked this question: If we handed you $500 to help someone ELSE in need, what would you do with the money? Here are some of the incredible stories about what some very thoughtful people did when we did just that. 

Heart to Serve Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered! We were touched by your stories and generosity. Congratulations to our winners below. 

Winner: Michael Gudith

“You get that feeling when you’re getting pulled over by a police officer, you’re nervous, you’re scared, you ask yourself if you’re really getting a ticket. I want to help create a positive experience with police in our community. Thankfully through Mike Staff Productions, it’s your generosity that’s making this happen,” said Gudith


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Winners: Denise Tucker & Laura Perry

“To have this opportunity through Mike Staff Productions to give these children a Christmas, I am ever so grateful, said Tucker. On top of it all, to have you partner me with someone else where it would double the impact, $1,000 is huge. Mike Staff Productions is an answer to prayer and a true blessing.”

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Winner: Vickie Taylor

My brother in law has never once complained about what he is going through and has been fighting and pushing through all of this, for his kids. I would most certainly use the money to help provide gifts, meals, gas cards and necessities to help them during this difficult time,” said Vickie.

Winner: Kim Van Dyke

Kim is a hospice nurse, and she has a love for caring for the elderly. Kim chose to give $250 each to two of her patients.

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Winner: Cheryl

Cheryl chose to visit a local grocery store and surprise 10 people with $50 gift cards, to help start their new year in a positive way.

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Winner: Jamie Moore

Jamie Moore’s husband was deployed for Afghanistan. Having such an intimate understanding of how much our service men & women miss their families at Christmas, Jamie decided to use the $500 to send as many gifts overseas as possible.

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Winner: John Carlos

John Carlos from Detroit had an idea that he hopes will multiply the giving spirit of the challenge. John visited a local grocery store and surprised 20 random people with $25 gift cards to help pay for their groceries. The catch? He asked that each person be sure to do a random act of kindness for someone else before the end of the day!

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Winner: Billy Carrr

Billy Carr, a volunteer fireman for the Northfield Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, used the $500 to help provide a Christmas to two children in two different families, each living with single grandmothers. Santa even delivered the presents on a fire truck for a Christmas surprise. 

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Winner: Michelle

Michelle, a member of the school board, purchased new classroom supplies for a second grade class at Westview Elementary.

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Winner: Victoria & Shyanne

Victoria and Shyanne are part of an Adopt a Family Club at Jefferson International Academy. They were given $500 to supplement the gifts for the families.

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