When we asked people to write in, we found a lot of people were excited to have the chance to tell their story.
Here are a few of our favorite responses.
“It is a gift and I am thankful for it.”—Jessica Ponce, Santa Clara, California “A little bit of luck.
I would like to think that this gift will help to support the families in our area who have had to deal with some financial hardship, especially as they are struggling to pay the bills and find a new job.”—Kristina Friese, San Francisco “I have a bit of money but my life is very stressful.
I have been trying to find a way to make some money but I’m struggling with debt and getting stuck in a spiral of debt and unemployment.”—Melissa Davenport, New York “I got this gift with a dream.
I think it is a great opportunity for the young people in my life to show they have dreams and can achieve them.
I know they are going to have a hard time in the future.
I want them to know that they can do it too and that I am so proud of them for doing it.”
—Natalie Rios, Los Angeles, California, United States “I love the way you said you were excited about it and really, I really do.
I am very grateful to have this gift and feel it is an amazing blessing for my life.
I will keep it with me, it will be my life motto, and I hope it will bring me some joy in my future.”—Liam L. Miller, San Diego, California “I am super happy for this gift.
I hope this gift helps to help others and hopefully it will help them too.
This will hopefully help them with their financial challenges.”—Alex M. Garcia, San Jose, California (reproduced with permission) “It’s a blessing to be able to have that opportunity to share with others the kind of joy I feel with each and every moment that I have with my family.
It has made me feel like my life and my job are important and worthy of being shared.”—Amanda C. Smith, Boston, Massachusetts “This is a wonderful gift.
It is a blessing and it will make me feel happy and empowered and it gives me a little bit more confidence to continue my journey as a human being.”—Mandy S. Mays, Austin, Texas “The gift is very much appreciated and I think the way that you chose to give it to me will make a difference to my future and my family’s future.
Thank you.”—Ella M. Williams, Portland, Oregon, United Kingdom (repromitted with permission and edited for clarity)