50 Free Thanksgiving Dinners Given Away by VA Loan Lender

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LowVARates.com gave away 50 Thanksgiving dinners to families across the nation nominated through social media outlets. Each family received a nice dinner on Thanksgiving Day.

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We decided we wanted to reach out to any family in need and not just limit the dinners to military families. It made it extra special to help out so many families.

On Thanksgiving Day LowVARates.com helped 50 families across the U.S. receive a nice Thanksgiving Dinner for their family.

The families were nominated by the fans and followers of LowVARates.com on social media outlets. The company received nearly 120 nominations of deserving families around the nation.

The money was donated by employees and business partners of LowVARates and was able to give nearly $3,500 to these families in need.

The families selected were given the three options:
1)    Receive groceries and cook their own meal
2)    Receive a check in the mail
3)    Go to a restaurant and receive their free Thanksgiving meal.

Owner of LowVARates.com, Eric Kandell, decided he wanted to help 50 families this year as opposed to only helping one family in the 2010 Thanksgiving contest.

“We knew by expanding the contest to 50 families it was going to take more time, money and effort,” Kandell said. “Last year we were only able to help one family and we wanted to make a conscious effort this year to help as many as we could.”

All of the nominations were received by the companies nearly 13,000 fans on facebook and the nearly 3,000 followers on twitter.

“The response we received on our social media channels was overwhelming,” Kandell said. “We could not have found 50 families to help without our loyal social media following.”

The 50 winners of the giveaway received a free family dinner on Thanksgiving Day November 24, 2011. The families were spread across the nation and represented over 30 states in the U.S.

Owner of LowVARates.com, Eric Kandell, hopes the contest has helped out families in need across the nation.

“With the economy still struggling many people are still unemployed or receiving pay cuts,” Kandell said. “Everybody deserves a Thanksgiving feast and we wanted to make sure we helped out as many families as we could.”

The main focus of the contest was to reach out to military families in need. Many military families spend holidays, like Thanksgiving, with a family member deployed on military service. This can make the holiday season a particularly tough time to have a loved one away from home.

Even though the contest was primarily focused on military families, LowVARates was also able to help out a number of civilian families in tough situations across the nation.

“We decided we wanted to reach out to any family in need and not just limit the dinners to military families,” Kandell said. “It made it extra special to help out so many families and we are especially grateful for all the generous donations made by the LowVARates employees and partners.”

The families remained anonymous because of privacy and protection issues, but have given great feedback on the wonderful experiences their families had over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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