I hope 2015 is off to a great start for you. I wanted to do a quick post to let you know which charity won my giveaway! In case the busy season has you still catching up on videos, I'll explain... I recently hit ONE THOUSAND videos on my emilynoel83 YouTube channel! Pretty crazy what a makeup-obsessed person can do in 7 years! HA! Anyway, I posted a little video thanking you all for your support and kindness over the years!
At the end of this video, I wanted to commemorate the 1,000 video mark, but also give back in the spirit of the holiday season. I have always loved giving away makeup in past giveaways... but I also end up somewhat frustrated that MORE people can't win! So I thought a $1,000 donation to a charitable organization of a viewer's choice would be a great way to impact more lives, and do so in honor of a fabulous subscriber. I asked that viewers simply submit a comment with the name of a charity that's close to their heart, and provide a little description as well. I was BLOWN AWAY by all of the comments, as well as super meaningful stories!! My mom and I were both talking about how amazingly thoughtful the comments were. And as I said in the video, I was RANDOMLY selecting a winner, because there's no way I could have chosen one charity as more deserving than another... you all shared HUNDREDS of organizations, from local to international, that are doing fabulous work. While my winner was chosen randomly, it was my hope that your descriptions/explanations/stories would be seen by other viewers and might inspire even more giving. So thanks to all who took part!
The giveaway wrapped up at midnight, and the randomly-selected winner is Pam Smith! (Who also has a beauty-related YouTube Channel!) CONGRATULATIONS PAM!!! Here is the comment she left...
So this morning, I made my donation to Victory Junction! I am so excited about this!! What a great organization! You can click here to visit their website and learn more, but like Pam said in her comment, this organization based in Randleman, North Carolina provides amazing experiences for kids with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses at NO cost to the families. So basically the kids get a safe environment for all sorts of fun "camp" activities... swimming, theater, horseback riding, art, fishing- you name it! Victory Junction has provided these experiences to more than 17,000 kids since 2004. One of the graphics on the website says- "Where kids can forget about being sick for a while" - Doesn't that make you want to cry? Every kid should have the opportunity to let loose and be happy! And how awesome that Pam has been directly involved with this group!
I was able to easily make my donation online and share in a comment that this was being made on Pam's behalf through my Beauty Broadcast giveaway. There was also a little section at the end where you could fill in a specific person's name that you could give your donations "in honor of" - so I put Pam.
And just so you have proof that the donation was actually made... this is the "thank you" screen that came up:
Again, thank you ALL for taking part in this giveaway by sharing your favorite charitable group in the comments section! It was really heartwarming to read your stories. I'm so thankful to have such kind-hearted subscribers! Have a wonderful day, and Congratulations to Victory Junction!