With all of the recent TV Shows and news articles about Sweepstakers that have come out in the last few years, we Sweepers are getting a bad rap! The news media tends to put us all in one big bundle and attach the label "Greedy". Not so! The majority of sweepers are good, honest, hard working people who are active in their communities and give back whenever possible. At the first National Sweepstakes Convention I attended ('93) I met a man who only entered sweeps to win prizes for his annual church raffle. Another sweeper once told me that she always enters any sweeps giving away pet food and then donates what she wins to local pet shelters. Yet another sweeper enters to win toys and donates them to children's wards in area hospitals.
A large number of teachers can be found among sweepers nationwide, the most selfless, giving group of people I can think of. Many of them use sweepstakes and contests as a way to obtain items for their classrooms when there just isn't enough money in the school budget to purchase them. One of my best sweeping friends, a retired school teacher, put her heart and soul into an essay contest to win a cleanup and financial aid for a zoo that had been devastated by a flood. Her efforts paid off. A crew of workers showed up to clean the area, remove debris and make repairs as well as some cash to help with other needed items.
There is no greater rush than the one you get when you give. Truthfully, if I did not win prizes I would not be able to afford to give to others. What an incredible hobby that makes it possible for sweepers to do so much good.