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  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
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  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Who would you consider to be a hero?  There are tons of different types of heroes out there, and our lives have probably all been touched and helped in a meaningful way by various people.

This week Sears would like to honor the heroes in public service by having a Salute to Heroes Sale this Saturday, as well as a giveaway to give some extra help to two randomly selected “heroes”.

The Sale:

This Saturday September 25, Sears is hosting a sale open for all police, military, veterans, firefighters, teachers, and hospital staff.  All qualifying customers get an additional 10% off apparel, shoes, lawn and garden, tools, home fashions, electronics, automotive, and more.  The sale lasts from 11am to 2pm.  You must present an ID that verifies your “hero status”.  There are lots of special deals available in addition to the 10% off; check out the flyer for more details!

The Exceptions:

  • The sale will last all day long in the following cities: Denver, CO; Minneapolis-St.Paul, MN; and New Orleans, LA.
  • The sale will happen November 13, (not this Saturday), in the following cities: Boston, MA; Seattle, WA; Miami, FL; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Dallas, TX and Cincinnati, OH.  The sale will still be exactly the same in these cities, just later.

The Giveaway:

Sears is giving two readers a shopping spree! They will overnight your gift card to you if you win, so that you are able to use it with the sale this weekend.

  • $200 gift card as the Grand Prize
  • $100 gift card as the 1st place prize.

To win you must be serve (work) in one of the Salute to Heroes categories:  police, military, veterans, firefighters, teachers, and hospital staff.   Winners will be announced Thursday at 9am.  You must respond by noon that morning to get your cards in time for the sale!!!

To Enter:

Tell us how you qualify for this giveaway, and how long you have been serving.  One entry per person.

Note: If picked as winners, you must be willing to allow me to share your story and pictures of the deals you get on your shopping spree.

(If you wish to enter for a loved one, post below how they qualify and make sure they are willing to share their deals and story!)

This giveaway is completely sponsored by Sears,  any opinions above are my own.

    • Dale

      My daughter, along with her co-founder, has recently opened a therapy place for special needs children in Columbia, S. C. You may have seen her on the news trying to raise funding for such a worthwhile endeavor. Over seven years ago, her son Cooper (my grandson) was born with cerebral palsy. Since then her dream has been to help other families navigate the system in getting the therapies and resources that will enable their special children to reach their full potential. To check out more of this story, visit TheTherapyPlace.org to find out more information. She is my hero!

    • I have an education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Before having children of my own, I taught fifth grade. Now, I work as a homeschooling mother of four. I have one daughter in third grade, two daughters in kindergarten, and a 12 month old son. I also tutor eight third grade students every Tuesday for our Classical Conversations community (see classicalconversations.com).

    • Jborondy2

      I am Active Duty Air Force and I have been in the military now for 17 years.

    • Heatherholtonrn

      I am an RN and have worked in my local hospital for the past 4 years.

    • Mkmercer1

      My husband is Active Duty Navy and has been in for 13 years.

    • LF

      I am a Dept of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Officer and have been for all of my adult life. My current position involves keeping boaters safe on our waterways. We would love to win a GC! Thanks for all you do!!

    • My husband served in the Marine Corps and was on the first Naval boat deployed after 9/11. They spent 159 straight days at sea with no ports.

      • Oops, I forgot to say that he served 5 years.

    • kaseyshadow

      I have taught for 11 years. My last 7 have been in rural schools working with English Language Learners.

    • Francomom00

      My husband has worked in Law Enforcement for 10 years. Before this was his profession, he was part of a reserve unit that were certified and volunteered to patrol on the weekends. Add to that I am an Air Force Brat! My dad served for 23 years. Thank you Sears and Southern Savers for recognizing true heroes!

    • Agape084

      I've been a pediatric nurse for 5 years. I not only get to help children feel better, but get to play and hug and love of them too :)

    • Papercents

      My husband served 25 years in the Navy – had other careers after retiring from the military and at age 56 has been disabled from a degenerative neurological condition. He loves his country as do I

    • cabado2

      My husband has been in the USMC for 10 years! we love being a military family and we LOVE this great country!!

    • Sara M.

      I have been a teaching in Alabama for four years. Each day is tough but extremely rewarding!

      • Sara M.

        Maybe as a teacher, I should have proofread my comment. :) “I have been teaching in Alabama for four years.”

    • cheap_0

      I would like to nominate the NICU nurses at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, FL who have been taking such excellent care of my daughter for the past 13 weeks. Shaylee was born at 23 weeks and 4 days at only 1lb 2.7oz. It was very touch-and-go for the first few weeks as we went through numerous blood transfusions, heart surgery, not to mention the emotional stress of it all … They work 3 or 4 12-hour shifts a week caring for as many as 5 critically ill babies at a time. I am SOOO very thankful for them. These nurses deserve a little shopping spree!!

    • Dov72202

      My husband was in the Coast Guard Reserves for 8 years. He served in Boston after 9-11, in Kuwait, in Guantanamo Bay Cuba and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He was also a jail guard and is now a police officer. He is also in the process of reenlisting into the Navy Reserves.

    • Liz West

      I LOVE MY JOB! I've been a teacher for 16 years. I teach trainably handicapped children in grades Kingergarten through 6th grade.

    • Jo

      I was in the Navy for 4 1/12 years. I am now a nurse and have worked at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center for the last 2 1/2 years. My husband is an Army Nurse and has almost 26 years of military service .

    • Megrn2000

      I am celebrating my 10th year as a pediatric nurse in birmingham, my husband has been in law enforcement for 12 years in the birmingham area

    • griffins00

      I work at a hospital in TN. I have been an employee in the medical field for almost 10 years now and love it!! :)

    • judy dianne

      I work with impoverished,handicapped, and misplaced children in a high unemploymnent area. I work because I love to make a difference in their lives and would like them to know that the world is theirs for the taking, it is so rewarding to see over my eleven years of teaching, the successes that have come about by simply taking time to care and listen. Thanks for allowing me to tell my story. Judy Dianne

    • Jsykes1

      I am a 2nd grade teacher, in my 12th year of teaching. I have also taught 1st and 3rd, and worked with students in grades K-5 as a literacy specialist.

    • Kristen

      I'm an ER Nurse, and have been for 4 years. My husband is a sheriff's deputy, and has been for 4 years! It worked out perfectly, I always wanted to be a nurse, and my husband always wanted to be a police officer, but we decided that my career would come first, and he would go back to school when I finished. But that April before I graduated, he decided to apply in his hometown. He got the call that he was hired a week later! Unfortunately, he was at the police academy the entire summer after I graduated, but it has worked out for the best, because we both are in careers that we love. I love the way I feel when I know that I have saved the life of a very sick patient, and my husband loves to protect and serve. He eats, sleeps and breathes everything “cop”, and I'm a true ER nurse…loving the excitement and adrenaline rush that I get with every new sick patient. There is nothing more exciting and heartwarming than having a patient tell me “thank you”…that's how I know that I made a difference.

    • I am on my 12th year of teaching elementary school. This is my 3rd year teaching 4th grade in a Title One School.

    • Amanda

      Hi!

      I am a Registered Nurse, and have been working for ten years in a medically underserved area of South Louisiana. My specialty area is pediatrics. I went to nursing school knowing that I wanted to work in peds – I feel that it takes a special kind of person to work with children when they are sick, and realized that when treating children, you are not only taking care of the child, but the entire family/support system as well.

      Thank you so much for doing this!

      Amanda

    • Sheogre

      My husband had been a police officer for 11 years (will be 12 years in October). He currently works in the schools teaching middle schoolers how to avoid drugs, gangs and bullying. I am so proud of him, and so are his kiddos!

    • Jen

      I am in my third year of teaching kindergarten! :)

    • Charm_80

      This is my eighth year teaching elementary school. I taught four years in fifth grade and this is my fourth year in fourth grade. My husband has also taught for eight years on the high school level. We love our jobs because we get to be “heroes” to the kids who look up to us.

    • Cej88

      I have been working at a local hospital in Alabama as a Certified Phlebotomist for soon to be 12 years. I work in an outpatient setting, therefore, I have a very personal realtionship with my patients. I do not consider myself a “hero”, but that honor should go to some of my patients with whom I deal with consistantly who are battling diesase and illness. Who knew being a “vampire” could be so rewarding? I LOVE MY JOB!!

    • CouponAssassin

      My husband and I have been volunteer firefighters for over five years. He is also a soldier with the Kentucky National Guard and working towards a degree in criminal justice. I am a full time nursing student with the hopes of working in a NICU one day. We both take pride in the ways we help our community and it truly is rewarding!

    • Elyn Blackman

      My boyfriend and I are both teachers. He teaching technology education in a local high school and I teach in the English department at the University. We will never be rich but we love our chosen professions!

    • Cej88

      personal relationship!!!

    • Kam

      I have been teaching 6th grade for 18 years. Oooh, that makes me seem old! I love it!

    • Abrooke8

      My husband and I are both teachers. He has been a band director for 10 years, and I have been teaching at the elementary level for 2 years. We love our careers!

    • Caroline

      I would enter my mom Linda. She has been an RN since 2005 AND 3 of her 4 daughters have become RNs. I graduated in 2001 and her other two daughters graduated after her. She went to class with students the same age as her daughters and graduated with honors. I worked with her as a homehealth nurse before I stopped to raise my children. She treated her patients like part of the family. She would call to check on them even on her day off. If they were having insurance problems but needed care she often went to see them on her own dime. She was the most devoted nurse I have worked with in my nearly 10 years of being a nurse and my hero.

    • Tamara

      I've always wonder. What about teachers who are out of work? I personally have taught art at community centers and taught classes at businesses. But there is no ID for such things. Does anyone know? :) (And add this only if that counts, if not good luck to all the Heros!

    • Ang_wvu1

      My husband has been a Law Enforcement Officer for the past 7 years. We recently had our first baby (little girl) and he has been picking up some extra details so that I was able to cut back to part-time at my job to spend more time with the baby. I would LOVE to be able to give him a gift certificate to be able to go and get a few tools he has been wanting. He is definitely MY hero, and thanks to all of the other heroes out there, too!!

    • Kelley

      I am a Special Education Teacher in my 15th year of teaching.

    • Jandomcintyre

      My husband served in the Air Force for 6 years and now is working as a nursing assistant at the local hospital (Spartanburg Regional Medical Center) while going to school for his nursing degree! We have two special needs children (out of 4) and so he is wanting to specialize in pediatrics. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

    • Beddy

      I am the spouse of an awesome man who served our Country in the Air Force Reserve for 37 years. In December 2009 he was forced to retire because of High Year Tenure [been in too long according ot the Air Force] although Ken was not ready to retire at that time. He is a retired C-130 Flight Engineer. HAving to retire has not and will never take his love for his Country or his willingness to serve out of his heart. He deployed 5 times after 911 and wanted to deploy with his unit again when they deployed in May. We missed him the times he was deployed but was honored to share Ken with our America. Ken would be working beside the rest of his unit today if the rules did not cause him to retire.

    • Amanda

      I am a teacher. I have been a teacher for 12 years. The first five years I taught fifth grade in an at risk area. The last seven, I have been teaching gifted children. I love teaching. This is what God put me here to do.

    • Jessica Stutzman

      I would like to enter my husband Justin. He is a Firemedic and EMT Instructor in Smyrna, GA. He has worked as a firefighter for the last 8 1/2 years. He used to work for Dekalb County which is in the top 10 in the nation for call volume and as a paramedic he ran calls all night long getting little rest himself and then going on to teach future EMT the following day. He also works these two awesome jobs because he loves to serve others and so that I am able to stay home with our children. His current goal is to become a flight medic.

      I myself am a former teacher who now teaches my 2 children from home while my husband is out serving as a hero and teaching future heros.

    • I am a teacher, but I would like to nominate my father, who works with students with Severe Emotional and Behavior Disorders. He has done this very challenging work for about eight years now, and even at the age of 54, he can be found at any time working up wonderful lesson plans, encouraging his students and their families through monetary means, emotional support, and other ways of guidance, and just generally being the hero that I always knew he was. Thank you, Dad, for all you do!

    • lisab

      My husband and I both qualify as “heros”. My husband is a middle school teacher and coach as well as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes coordinator. He has been in this position for 12 years now. I am a registered nurse in an operating room. I have only been a nurse for a little over a year. I was a stay-at-home mom until all my children started school. This is when I decided to give back by becoming a nurse. Nursing school with three children and a husband who was also in school getting his specialist degree in teaching administration was certainly a challange, but well worth it!!!

    • Julie

      My husband Bear is a hardworking rookie Police Officer. He works in the toughest region in Columbia. He sees a lot of terrible things.His ready mind and quick thinking have kept him safe. But when he comes home, he plays the role of superhero to our two young children.

    • Mandy

      I have been an RN for the past 9 years and have worked in the hospital setting, outpatient surgeries centers and a physicians office. I have been unemployed and a stay-at-home mom for the past 3 years, however. I am keeping my lisense current in the hopes of someday returning to the work-force when my children are older. Does this qualify me for this contest? If not, no problem! :) Thanks!

    • Jessica

      My husband is a high school science teacher. I had no idea how much teachers work until he became one right after we started dating. We both grade almost nightly, and he is always trying to come up with ways to better teach his students, even if that means getting 3 hours of sleep, and working 15 hours the next day. He truly loves his job though, and puts his heart and soul into it.

    • Gty46

      My husband has been a volunteer firefighter since he was 16. He also works for the federal government. Firefighting is really hard and takes a lot of time.

    • Abi

      My husband recently returned from Afghanistan when he missed my entire pregnancy and first 3 months of our little girl's life. He is my hero and I would love to treat him to a shopping spree at Sears since money has been tight since he came home…he is desperately searching for a civilian job to support us! Thanks for the coupon matchups every week, we wouldn't survive without it!

      • Abi

        oops, forgot to mention he's been in the Army for 6 years and counting!

    • Relaxwithdiane

      My husband is in the Navy and has been for 13 years…WOW. He def. has stories to share, and some to keep to himself. But in his spare time he love woodworking. with the “help” of our 21 month old he just made a new toy box for him and it turned out great! He is always looking for more tools to help him complete the projects on his “honey-do” list. So he would absolutely LOVE to get his hands on this! Thanks

    • michele

      I have been a teacher for 17 years. It is something i love to do! I think it is one of the most rewrading jobs ever!

    • SCMel

      I'd like to enter my husband, as he is a hero both at work and home. He works at a rehab hospital with traumatic brain injury patients as a nurse. He sees his work as a ministry and he seeks to treat his patients as he would want to be treated. Then, when he comes home, he is a super hubby as well as a fantastic father to our three sons, one who has special needs. In my book, he is a hero 24/7.

    • Madamjewel

      I am a registered nurse that has been working with children in the hospital for the past 9 years. I have taken care of many children that their parents were told would never live past birth and some who have gone through incredible odds to be a normal child.

    • Kathie

      I am a paramedic and have been for the past 21 years. This has been my life career as I began in EMS at 19 yrs old. It is rewarding to help people when they are down but is hard to be away from family so much. Missing Christmas and Thanksgiving. Your baby's first steps and so many other first throughout the years. It is rewarding though and makes it worthwhile when you get a thank you from a family member or a patient you have helped. Thanks for showing all the hero's that you care.

    • Jamie Champagne

      What an amazing giveaway! While I've never considered myself a hero, I've been blessed to be an educator for 11 years. I've taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades in inner city Atlanta, north Atlanta and now I teach 3rd – 5th grade at a Title 1 school (low income) in Alabama (near Birmingham). I'm the library media specialist and technology teacher, so I'm able to teach all the students. I SO enjoy bringing in authors and illustrators as well as raising money for books and technology resources that so many of them would otherwise not have access to…my husband served as an Army Ranger for the past 10 years and was recently away for 22 months – returning last September. He missed 2 years of our son's life – from the age of 2 to almost 5 and we realized that it was time for him to be home. Now, we have a new baby on the way – due next month – and could definitely put this to good use for baby girl clothes AND clothes for our sweet son in kindergarten – especially since I'll be out of work towards the end of next month through Christmas – on maternity leave without pay. Thank you so much for the opportunity – how exciting!

    • K Bjjohnston

      My husband spent 24 years in the Air Force and I spent 10 years in the Air Force. My husband lived on the road and saw the world but in ways most don't want to see it. Duel Military (with your husband in a combat position) is very difficult. I got out after 10 years to take care of our son. I loved my time in the service and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. I have a heart for our service men and women because of the amount of time they spend away from their family and friends. It is a life that we choose but it is a life that isn't always easy. We defend freedom because we believe in it and we believe in America!!!!!!

    • Tnrn_nicu

      I have been a NICU RN for 5 years now. I care for newborns from the fragile preemie to term babies. Prior to that, I worked as a PCA on a med-surg floor in an adult hospital for 2 years. For the 2 years before that, I served in a group help assisting those with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. My life is devoted to improving the lives of those around me.

    • Flaminred28

      I would like to tell you how my dad is my hero and is a hero to his country. He was in the Army for 21 years and was a Master Sargent when he retired. He was Special Forces for several of these years and put his life in jeopardy many times by voluntaring to be one of the people that helped pick up stranded/ wounded military personal by helicopter. My dads name is Bobby Prater and lives in Greer, SC now. He not only served his country and retired but also continued to work in the coal mines of West Virginia for 24 years. My name is Sherri Roberts and im proud to be the oldest daughter of an Army vet and retired coal miner.

    • Susan

      I've been a teacher for 13 years and don't really view myself as a “hero”. It is a rewarding job in many ways.

      My “hero” submission is for my husband who honorably served in the USAF for 20 years!

    • Amanda B.

      I have been an RN for 11 years in Long Term Care Nursing. That is caring for our elderly. It is a very physically and emotionally draining job. It is not a job that most people who graduate from nursing school say ” I want to work in a nursing home”. Unfortunatley, they are usually the only ones that will hire you straight out of school with no experience. This is how I became a Long Term Care Nurse. I wanted to be a Labor and Delivery Nurse, but no one would hire me without experience. So, I had to go work at a Nursing Home. I ended up staying in this area either working at Rehabs, Nursing Homes, or Home Health. I have had many ups and downs throughout the year. I am gratefull that God brought me to this area because I have met a lot of wonderful people, experienced many of life's tragedies and learned a lot of life's lessons. It has made me a better person and taught me to respect all human beings no matter their age or situation.

    • cara

      My husband has been a police officer for almost 8 years. On top of the stress he deals with at work, he works extra duty jobs to help make ends meet because I stay home to take care of and homeschool our 5 year old daughter, who is physically handicapped, and our 3 year old son. Life is hard, but God is good!

    • Christine

      I am entering for my husband who is a career firefighter. He has always had a desire to serve others. He was kind of a late bloomer, though. He worked in the satellite business for almost 18 years. He was a volunteer FF during that time. He persisted, applied every year for 4 years, and was finally offered a career position. He is living his dream serving his community and loving every minute of it.

    • anna

      I am a pharmacist working at a VA hospital. I don't consider myself a hero but I am surrounded by true heros every day I go to work at the VA. I'm just happy I can use my knowledge to serve those, who have served us.

      • anna

        I have been serving for 5 years.

    • Tarakay310

      What about AZ??

    • Allyg24

      my husband has been a teacher for the past 7 years.

    • Keeleyhargis

      I have been a RN for over 9 years and a nursing instructor for the past 5 years. I love teaching my students to become caring and compassionate nurses. So many people do not realize how hard these students work and how much time it takes to become a good nurse.

    • Wewabraswell

      I work as an ICU nurse at a large urban hospital. I've worked there for 15 years and before that I worked for 5 years as a Respiratory Therapist in the Neonate Intensive Care Unit taking care of preemies. My job is such a priviledge that I don't think of it as serving at all.

    • Jackieandchristin

      I am a teacher–right now at a college–and in past years in both high school and junior high school

    • ArtGirlfriend6

      Because I teach art to little ones, I see that I am making a difference in how they see themselves and their world: The world is our oyster! Even one of us can make a difference in bettering ourselves and others and our circumstances.

    • Joni

      I would like to enter for my father. He is a veteran who served in the Vietnam War

    • Janice

      I am a Kindergarten teacher in a public school. I have taught children for 18 years with 16 of those years in Kindergarten. I love it! I keep saying I need to write a book because Kindergarten students say the funniest things!

    • Jenni

      I am a preschool teacher right now and between working at daycares and teaching in the public school system etc…I have been working with young children for about 13 years.

    • Elizabeth

      My husband is in the Air Force and has been for nearly 8 years. He'll actually be deploying on the 26th, but if he wins he'll definately get pics sent in before he leaves.

    • Sasha

      I am an elementary school teacher. The past five years I taught in two public schools, but this year I am teaching at a Christian school. I love my job!

    • Elizabeth

      I'd also like to nominate my father. He served 11 years in the Marines and spent lots of time away from my sister and I when we were little. He's had it really tough the last few years due to the economy and could really use a shopping spree right now. He's currently unemployed and has been for 18 months. He's my hero

    • Kim

      I am a Spanish teacher at a public middle school. This is my 2nd year teaching since I graduated college in May 2009.

    • Ann Taylor

      I am a school nurse. It's not with a hospital and I'm not a teacher but in public service none the less. As you can see, we are left out as usual. Therefore, I want to post for not only myself but for all other school nurses. I have taken care of tons of sick and hurt children for 15 years now and love evey monute of it. Not only does school nursing involve taking care of children, it also involves taking care of the staff as well. I even had to use my AED on a grandparent that was waiting in the carrider line. I hope by posting this, people will relize what a blessing it is to have a school nurse. Not evey school has one and I hope to see that changed one day. God Bless to all.

    • Aisha

      I'm a surgical technologist at Piedmont Fayette hospital. I'm also a veteran of the United States Navy, serving 7 years as a Air Traffic Controller, I wish I could have gave more time but my health would not aollow me.

    • Bellnsons

      My husband is a firefighter for the city of Savannah,Ga. He has been a firefighter for almost 10 years.

    • Jennifer Croft

      I'm 35 years old and have been a LPN since I was 19. I have worked in lots of different enviroments but have been at the University of Alabama-University Medical Center for 4 years. I thoroughly enjoy my job and definitely get more back than I'm given. I've found my calling in Family Medience working with and helping teach residents but my patients are my main concern. Everyday I have patients that range in age from a newborn baby to a senior citizen. On the worse days when I've thought about getting out of nursing, I find good in a person that maybe I haven't noticed before. Everyone of us is human and need to feel like we're worth something to someone. I hope each patient that I come in contact walks alway smiling because I've said a few nice words, gave them a pat on the back for an accomplishment, or just laughed with them. It always makes my day better and I hope I'm doing the same for someone else. I don't think that I deserve this anymore than anyone else who's applied but would appreciate winning.

    • Connieb03

      I would like to enter my great friend Nicole Mui. She is the most generous and selfless person I know. She has been on active duty in the army for about 10 years and is currently serving her third tour in Iraq (all have been a minimum of 12 months). She is scheduled to come back in about a month. When she visits our family, she thinks nothing of what a single bachlorette would want to do or visit, but plans outtings to do with my children, who are 2 and 4. She is equally as giving with her family, some of whom still live in China, and recently paid for some of them to fly to the states to attend her sister's wedding. If anyone I know deserves to be saluted as a hero, it's my friend Nicole!!!

    • JRaper77

      I've been working at the VA hospital as an audiologist for the last 10 yrs. I feel especially blessed, because I get to serve other heros who served us first!

    • momto2boys

      I am an RN and have been for the past 10 years. I work on a surgical floor and take care of a variety of patients. I have been working on an “as needed” basis for the last year so that I could stay home more with my sons and be their “hero” :)

    • Stephanie

      Hi,

      I have been an Operating Room nurse for 17 years. I first started out in a trauma hospital. It's nice of Sears to give this additional 10%. Unfortunately, I will not be able to take advantage of this due to working weekends. That is unfortunately what a public servant does (hours of operation 24/7).

      Good luck to everyone.

    • Terree

      I am an elementary school teacher. I have spent the majority of my 15 years teaching in lower socioeconomic schools because I feel that is where I can mke the most difference. Because I am a first generation college graduate, I wanted to give my time to the students who need the support of a caring teacher. I have taught many different grades including kindergarten, fourth grade, fifth grade and the media center. I love the impact I have on the kids everyday… and the hugs are a nice bonus.

    • Chelle2377

      My amazing husband has been serving Forsyth county as a sheriff's officer for over 13 years. We are so proud of him for being so committed to his work and helping to keep our community safe. He recently made a big decision to attend and graduate from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia for 11 weeks. He was greatly missed at home but the education he gained will help make our Sheriff's office even better. He loves his job and would do it even if he didnot get paid.

    • Tara

      My husband is a cardiac nurse…he saves lives every shift!

    • diane

      My husband, Dale, is an elementary school behavior specialist. He spent several years teaching special education students, then was asked by his principal to take on this new role. His job involves helping students take responsibility for their actions, guiding them to make smart choices, and teaching them to respect themselves and others. Students are often sent to his office when they are disruptive or misbehave in class. He sees his job as being much more than handing out punishments. He wants the students to recognize the results of their actions, be honest about their behavior, take responsiblity, and to choose to follow the rules in the future. He helps these kids set goals, and gives them the pat on the back they deserve for finding success. Each morning, he is the first to greet the students with a handshake when they get off the bus, to make sure they see a smiling face as they step onto campus, and to encourage them to have a great day. He visits classrooms to get to know the students and to suggest strategies teachers can use to maintain positive behavior. The students have quickly learned that he genuinely cares about them. They ask to visit his office when they've had a good day, because they know how proud he'll be and what a fuss he'll make over them. These kids are learning that getting attention for being successful is definitely better than the attention for negative actions. I believe that the skills he teaches them — honesty, respect, responsibility, and motivation — will stick with these kids long after elementary school is over.

    • Jessiree

      I've been a nurse for about 5 years now. Not always easy, but it is so worth it!!!

    • Katie

      My husband and I both are heros. He is a deputy for our local county sheriff department. He is a K-9 officer and does alot of community outreach activities showing off the dog as well as his regular daily duties. I, myself, work for the local school system as a special education paraprofessional. I work with a little boy one on one with his daily activities. Both of us have been hit hard suring this economic times, my husband has been furloughed, overtime cut and even the holiday pay taken away. My job was taken from an 8hour per day to a 6 hour per day job causing a great drop in pay. I have had to really strech the dollar to take care of our three children.

    • melissa

      I am on my 10th year being a teacher. I love teaching children! I taught 3rd grade my first year and have taught Kindergarten the rest of the years. I love the children like they are my own and I can say that honestly because I am a new mom of a beautiful 10 wek old little girl!!!

    • Aly2emb

      Im putting in for my mother she is retired from the air force where she served for 25 years. She went to desert storm to fight for our country. And she is also a Respiratory Care Therapist, in a hospital which she has been doing for 35 plus years. She so deserves to win. She had a long fight with breast CA the last 2 years and is in recovery. She also lost her husband last September. It just has been a ruff couple of years. But she still manages to raise 3 teenage sons. Shes my hero.

    • Missemilyjames

      I have been teaching four-year old kindergarten for 10 years! I love it!!

    • Mum2mimi

      Although I am a teacher myself, I have chosen to enter my mother. My mom is a teacher and works at school for physically handicapped children. She has been on her job for over 30 years. The years of working, teaching, and lifting these kids with physically has taken a toll on her and she suffers from knee and shoulder problems. So she has found another way to serve these same kids at the school as a nutrition teacher, which doesn't involve the heavy lifting. MY MOM LOVES HER JOB AND THE SCHOOL. My mom often volunteers in any capacity that she can for the school and they know they can always depend on Trish.

    • Miss_Betty

      I am teacher and work with inner city youth in an after school program. I have been teaching for 5 years and sometimes this job is stressful; shopping is my stress relief, so it would be awesome to win this gift card. ;)

    • Gcorbitt

      My name is Gena. I am a special education teacher. I have been teaching for 15 years. I have taught grades K-9. I have taught in South Carolina and in New Mexico. Teaching is challenging and rewarding. It is awesome to work with kids all day each day and to know you impact their lives forever. I can't think of a better way to spend my days!!

    • Christy

      My name is Christy. I joined the Air Force as a medical student in 2003 and have been serving my country as an active duty member since 2009. I am also a pediatrician in the military and serve all the member dependents in my area. I am stationed in Hampton VA at Langley Air Force Base and we have army, navy, coast guard and air force. I enjoy my job and love taking care of the children. We have lots of loved ones deploying every day and their children are left behind with their family members to deal with all the every day stressors of being alone. I am proud to serve my country as a physician and as an officer in the USAF. I wouldn't trade my experience for the world. I have met some outstanding people, some of the best friends I could ever have!

    • Chelsei Ryan

      My Grandmother has been a teacher for over 20 years. She has taught elementary school most of her career as well as a few years teaching elementary special education. She is currently teaching students who are trying to obtain the goal of getting their GED. She is an amazing women and this would really help her out with the upcoming holiday season. Her name is Bonnie. Thank You.

    • Laura

      I would like to nominate my husband. He went into the US Air Force right after high school. He proudly served in the Air Force for 5 years. He was then honorably discharged so that he could pursue another great career as a police officer. He has been a police officer for 9 years. He is currently working as a K-9 police officer and he absolutely loves his job.

    • Lrae17

      I'm entering my brother, Andy, who is a veteran and served in the Army for 3 years, including 13 months in Iraq.

      If I enter another person, can I do so with the same email address listed in my comment? Don't want the random selector to disqualify these entries because there's two comments from me. Also, I'm not sure if she qualifies…she's a civilian, but works for the military in mental health, treating troubled families in the military.

    • Csoble1214

      Does a Minister count? We do teach. Been one for 5 yrs. Thanks for the heads up Jenny.

    • Tfrost99

      I'd like to enter my amazing husband who has been a teacher and athletic trainer for over 12 years. Over the years he has taught biology, strength training, and sports medicine to students and then after school he has provided medical services to any students who are injured during sporting events and practices. Many times this has spilled over into providing medical assistance to parents, grandparents, and other visitor to the schools' events.

      He could use the gift certificate to treat himself to some tools or buy some work clothes.

    • L&Jplus3

      My husband is a pediatric pulmonary nurse and has been for 14 years. He has repeat patients and watches them grow. He has a genuine love and concern for these special children and does everything within his power to ensure each hospital visit is the best that it can possible be. He is a full time college student earning his masters degree and a full time dad of 3! It would be great if won this, he deserves a really big atta-boy!! Thanks1

    • Lindsey

      My name is Lindsey and I just began my career as a nurse. I am 22 years old. Though I have not been serving long, I wish to win a certificate for my parents who have taught me how to live a life of love and service. My parents have spent their lives caring for other people either by feeding them, educating them or supporting them with medical care. They are exceedingly humble and generous, never boasting about their actions. I am sure they have done more than I even know. Even when my dad was out of a job of over a year, they used what they had to care for other people. They are real heroes. If the world was filled with people like them, it would be a much better place. I would love to use this certificate to help provide them with some of the things they need, that they wouldn't spend money on now. Thank you :)

    • Copsgirl2007

      I'm Julie and my husband is Bruce. We are both in law enforcement. I am a parole officer currently, but used to be deputy and worked for police dept. at one time. My husband is a deputy and on the SWAT team. .

      I have about 6 years total and my husband has 15 1/2.

      Thanks for the info. Jenny.

    • Hsmith1230

      My husband is my hero and he is who I am entering today. He has served as a volunteer fire fighter since he was 13 and he is now 27. He has worked professionally as a fire fighter for 3 years. Additionally he put himself through school to become an EMT-IV and then went on further to become a Paramedic. So in addition to working as a fire fighter he picks up extra shifts to serve our county as a Paramedic. He spends each and every day away from home serving others and he couldn't view life any other way. I've never seen someone so loving and driven to help strangers in need. He recently participated in a local Stair Climb in honor of the fallen 343 fire fighters from New York City on 9/11. He joined 342 other fire fighters and climbed 110 flights of stairs in a local high rise building in full turn out gear to represent what these fallen heroes did and to honor their sacrifice.

      I'm only entering my husband but I also work in the medical field at our local hospital as a Sleep Technologist. I have worked in sleep since 2005.

    • Courtney Taylor

      My best friend is 24 years old and is in her 3rd year of teaching. She teaches 1st graders and has the most patience out of anyone I've ever met. She sacrifices much of her time and energy for those children that she loves like that are her own. She is my hero. :)

    • Nursebower09

      My husband has proudly served in the Navy for over 7years. In addition, I have been an operating room nurse for 8 years. We both love our jobs, and balance them well along with 5 kids. Being busy parents on a budget, we appreciate any and all savings. Thanks Jenny!

    • Tina

      I am entering for my husband who is a doctor. He really enjoys his job and knew from the time he was 6 years old he wanted to be a doctor. When a medical missionary came to his church when he was a child that is when he knew that was his calling. He has given up vacation time to go on medical trips to Ecuador to help people there who have no medical care. He is the one all our friends know they can call 24/7 if they need something. I cannot tell you the times we have receieved letters and notes from his patients thanking him for excellent care and kindness.

    • Kendallmcorbett

      My husband is a fireman on Sullivan's Island South Carolina for almost 10 years and I teach school! I am more of the couponer in the house, but he loves when I can save money…. plus he loves SEARS:) We just got a new one here in MT. Pleasant!

      • Kendallmcorbett

        I am a 7th grade teacher and this is my 10 year too! Just realized teachers counted too!!!

    • AnnieB

      I am entering for my husband who is serving his 9th year in the military.

    • Marcietaylor2000

      I've been a teacher for 13 years! 10 years in Special Education and 3 as a kindergarten teacher. I don't feel like a “hero” but I certainly feel like I'm “on the front lines” :) Thanks for all you do!

    • Interstatej18

      Thanks Jenny. I am entering my husband, a United States Marine, serving and fighting for his country for 11 years. He's always available to go where he's asked and served as needed. He stays current in his MOS so that he can do the best job possible repairing jets for our pilots. He served in the Pacific for 3 years, one tour in Iraq and and ready for an upcoming tour in Afganistan thats on the books.

      Because of his service, I also have a better appreciation for our men and women in this country who are risking their lives everyday, police officers, emts, firefighters, and others who make this country a great place. Thank you all!

    • LizV

      My husband has been serving for 4 years in the Air Force.

    • Angel

      I am a third grade teacher and love my job! I have been teaching for five years. Working with children always presents new challenges and fun times!

    • P.Wiseman

      You don't have to be a nurse, fireman, police, or in the military to be a hero! I had a 21/2 year old fall into our pool, and my nephew jumped in to get him out. I ( the mother) started CPR as soon as he was layed on the ground.( My son had no pulse when he was layed on the ground). Then we got help from the Firefighters, and EMS. I am very thankful for their help, because of their help we have a little boy who is living and a 100%. My nephew who was 12 took the first step, and he is a HERO, too. : ) Lets not forget the little Hero's just because they don't wear a badge. : )

      • Comrlg

        Awesome job! I cried when I read this story!

    • colleen

      I am a special ed teacher. I have been teaching for 11 years. I also took a 1 1/2 year leave to be an assistant principal at a charter school. I realized that this was not my calling. I was meant to work with students with special needs and their parents. This is the most rewarding job I can imagine.

    • Sarah Barker

      My husband, Joe, has been with GPD for 10 years. He loves his job and give his all. The sacrifices he makes and we make as a family are very difficult at times. He works harder and longer so I can stay at home with our children. He is the best! I'd love for him to win this gift card so he can pick out new civilian clothes which he definitely deserves!

    • Rthomas

      My hero is Molly Flynn. She is a dear friend of mine, but bitter-sweet circumstances. Molly is a nurse at Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston. At Egleston, Molly serves as a nurse for the hemotology/onchology department. I met her on March 30, 2009. This is the same night that I found out my 9 month old baby girl had leukemia. Through our six month stay in the hospital, we met a number of wonderful men and women whose jobs were to take care of, not only children, but their families also. When Brinley was at her lowest, and I was running on caffiene alone, she would take my other daugther on play dates. She would let Brinley nap so that I could eat. She gave me tissues to wipe my tears when I had to cut my baby girl's hair. I believe that the comfort and positivity she provided me and my during this time is a big part of the reason Brinley is still with us. I am proud to say that October will be 1 year of remission. I am also proud to have made a life-long friend during this time. She is my hero.

    • S. Dillon

      I currently teach kindergarten. I have been teaching this age group for four years. Prior to kindergarten, I taught second grade, third grade and pre-kindergarten. I don't really consider myself a “hero”! I love my job. I feel lucky to work with such neat and special little people.

    • Nancybgood14

      I have worked as a Surgical Technologist for four years and now I am currently a Preceptor for a college teaching surgical technology to other students. A lot of people assume only nurses work in the OR but CST have been around for a while. We specialize in surgery in all aspects. It is CST week. So happy CST week to all the others. I will going to school myself in January for more education to better equip my students.

    • Bsurfergirl

      I've been a physical therapist for 3 years – and my husband is serving our country overseas. While I wouldn't necessarily consider myself any special kind of hero, he definitely is one!

    • Elaina M

      My husband has been a teacher for 15 years. He has taught students, fought with administrators and worked every after school job imaginable so that his family of 6 can stay afloat! He is a talented teacher but it is a labor of love in today's society. Guns, drugs, girl fights are scary enough but teachers face them daily armed with only their wits!

    • Bryanamyramey

      My husband has been teaching high school math for going on 13 years now. He actually works 2 jobs so that I can stay at home with our children. He is getting burnt out w/ the long hours I can tell but he never really complains. I too was a 3rd grade teacher until I had our now 9 year old son. We now have 3 children and I have been priviledged to be at home with them all! Thanks all to my wonderful husband, Bryan Ramey!

    • M. DeLoach

      I am a high school special education teacher. This is my fifth year as a teacher. The first four years of my teaching career I worked at the state residential school for the Deaf. This year I am working as a special education teacher in a public school. This is my second career. My students are the heroes!

    • Carly

      I am an elementary school teacher in my 6th year of teaching

    • Msx-ray

      I am a X-ray Technologist and have been so for over 10 years now. I don't technically consider myself as a hero but it does feel good when we can x-ray a patient and help them to find out what's wrong with them and help them to get the treatment they need to help them feel better. I love my job and love working with the other heroes in the hospital.

    • Angie

      I'm nominating my husband for this one. We've had a rough year. Last year, my husband was a teacher at a middle school in the county where we live. He had taught at this school (the same one we both attended as middle schoolers) for four years, which in this county, means he was considered “tenured”. He sponsored many different clubs for his students that allowed them to further their education and he was there to help pull it from the “Needs Improvement” list to a distinguished “School of Choice” within those four short years. He made such a difference in his students lives that some of his first year students still come to him for advice.
      For the 2009-2010 school year, members of the board of education asked that he help set up a “magnet” program for his middle school by starting an engineering course. He wholeheartedly agreed and put everything he had into it.
      At the same time, I found I was pregnant with our first child, a baby girl.
      Near the end of the school year, his principal called him into her office for a talk. He found out that he was being RIFed–Reduction In Force. Not because of job performance or because he did not have enough years in the county or due to lack of service, but because his position was being eliminated. The position that he agreed to take on just one year before. If he had stayed in the traditional classroom he was in before, he would still be teaching at that school without a break in service.
      That was a very scary week we had with a 2-month-old and both of us without a job or health insurance, come August.
      Luckily, one of the board members that knew of all that he had done with the county stood up for him and helped him fight to get a job back. He is still teaching, this year he is at a new school, but he is still trying to give the kids the same amazing opportunities that he had at his last school. Right now he is fighting for a grant that will allow his students certain learning experiences that they would never be able to afford otherwise.
      My husband tried other jobs over the summer, but he is an educator at heart. He loves the look on a student's face when they “get it”. He calls it the “ah-ha” moment. He is a hero not only to his students, and hopefully his school, but to his family as well. I love you, honey!!
      (Btw, that's why I am now a coupon clipper! We don't ever want to be scared like we were over the summer. Thank you for helping us save so much money!)

    • Annaforcoupons

      My husband is a SGT of the TN Army National Guard and joine over 5 years ago. He returned from Iraq around 11 months ago- 2 weeks before the birth of our twin boys. Even without being in the Army he's my hero because he works so hard at two jobs so that I can be a stay at home mommy!

    • Tarlee

      I have been a registered nurse for 5 years. I have worked in the medical field in various capacities for over 23 years. Not sure I would consider myself a hero…I sure do love what I do.

    • Jamie

      My husband has been a proud member of the United States Marine Corps for 13 years and counting. He has deployed 5 times, 4 of which included combat. He's my hero, even if he wouldn't ever consider himself to be one. ?

    • Shelly Donahoe

      I am a Cardiac Nurse and I work in the Cardiac Rehab field. I have been a nurse for 4 years and I love it. I am not the hero though. My patients are the heroes. They inspire me daily to work hard and never give up. I am blessed to do what I do.

    • R.Ling

      My mom is a great teacher and has been a teacher for more than 40 years. She loves her students and loves teaching. She cares about her students more than her kids – us. She came to visit us all the way from China. Her students missed her very much and always sends emails to her. She should be awarded for working as a great proud teacher. I love mom!! :)

    • Crystal

      I am a Nurse. I work in the best job, I take care of Newborn babies. I am a hero to the parents of these babies, by teaching them how to take care of their little ones. It is a joy to see a fist time mother learn to breast feed their baby for the first time with the help of a nurse.

    • Mikeandmarcieblack

      my husband is a super-hero…he is a sheriff's deputy and a soldier in the army national guard. best of all he is an amazing spouse and daddy. even after working with inmates all night, he is incredibly patient during homework time with our twins. he works really hard for our family and we love and appreciate him!

    • Robert Purdum

      I served in the millitary for 4 years. My last year I had to leave my week old daughter at home with my wife whom just had a C-Section. So I don't know who was the hereo here. I now am a disciple of Christ and mentor inmates as a Correctional Officer. Love what I do!

    • Lisalayton

      I've been teaching for 13 years. I taught the first three years at at state residential school for the Deaf, teaching middle school English. Then I changed jobs to teach American Sign Language at the high school level; I've been doing that for the past 10 years, and love my job.

    • Ann Grant

      My husband is a volunteer firefighter for the West Chester Fire Department in Chester, SC and has been for over 20 years. I'm not sure if he would qualify since he doesn't “work” as in “get paid” by the fire service. All of his service to his community is purely volunteer.

      In August of 1991 there was a terrible car crash at the intersection just below our house. A teenagers was playing chicken and was coming down the road in front of our house. The thing was, he was supposed to fly down the road with his lights off and cross the intersection without stopping. He did, but didn't make it all the was across. There was another car coming down the busy highway. They crashed and the other car ended up on top of the teenagers car. Everyone in my house was asleep except me and I heard the crash (It sounded like a shotgun going off outside my window) I got up and looked out the window and saw tailights and a fire coming from one of the cars. I called my husband, Stewart and he jumped up and got into his fire gear and took off to the intersection while I called all the emergency numbers to get him help. (this was in the days before 911 in Chester County.). When I got back to the window, the cars were totally engulfed in flames and my poor husband was the only one there to help. The tires were exploding and the oil pan exploded and I was terrified for them all. About that time another man stopped to try to help but he had no fire gear to protect him so he did what he could from a distance. My husband went into the top car as the flames licked up over the front and broke the windshield and he pulled out a young woman who was unconscience. He handed her to the other man and tried to get into the bottom car, but couldn't and he didn't see the teenager. About that time the fire trucks pulled up and the ambulance and police behind them. They got the fire out and started looking for the teenager. Thank God they found him under his car in the ditch where he had been thrown when the cars collided. He only had a broken arm. The young lady was taken to our local hospital and then transferred to Charlotte Memorial in Charlotte, NC. She lost her spline had some other internal injuries and was burned a little on her face and one leg. She lived, married and now has 3 children. That's 4 people who wouldn't be here if it weren't for my husband who pulled her out of that car all by himself.

      And now, I am disabled and am sick a lot. He takes care of me, stands by me and still works everyday and still volunteers for the fire department. If that isn't a hero, then I don't know who is…

      Thanks

      Ann Grant

      Chester, SC

    • Becky

      My sister is a 911 operator, she's there to answer when you call with an emergency!

    • Becky

      My brother just retired from 20 years of service in the United States Air Force! He served multiple tours in the middle east fighting for our country!

    • heather

      I've been a teacher for seven years and absolutely love it! I feel like God has truly called me to serve in the classroom. Seeing the spark in my kindergarteners eyes makes it all worth it.

    • Rnmelissa34

      I have been a registered nurse for 18 yrs and I love my job no matter how messy it gets!!

    • Paula

      I have been in education for the last 15 years and I truly love it. It is both challenging & rewarding every single day! I can't imagine doing anything else!!!

    • Michelle

      I have been an EMT for 7 years and a Paramedic for 4 years. I am in school to become an RN.

    • Vernell

      My husband has been a high school teacher and coach for 31 years and he still loves his job!

    • Yelena

      I have been an Advanced Clinical Tech, working in a hospital for about 6 years. I work in PCU unit and we care a lot for heart attack and stroke patients, who sometimes do not survive. 6 years and going, I still love my job!

    • Meghan

      I would love for my husband to win this prize. He is an Army veteran and now works in the healthcare field. He tirelessly works to support our family and is considering reentering the military to achieve this aim. He is a Chiropractor and an RN and now working on his master's for nursing.

    • Rhonda C

      I would like to enter my husband who is a disabled veteran. He served in the Army Reserves for 9 years before being injured overseas 4 years ago.

    • Jamie

      I would like to enter— I am an RN in a psychiatric hospital.– very hard job that i love.

      I would like to add that i work 40+ hours a week, but that is not where my hero status comes from because i am also a foster mom. I have a 8yr old birth daughter and 2 drug “exposed” babys in my home right now. We have fostered a total of 10 children in the past 3 yrs and are hoping to adopt one of the baby's that is currently living with us. Fostering is hard. It is like giving a slice of your heart away everytime one of your children leave, and being a Hero in those little eyes and lives for the rest of their lives.

      thanks Jamie

    • USCNicole

      My fiance is in the Air Force National Guard. Prior to that, he was in the Army guard. He has spent time at Guantanamo Bay shortly after September 11, New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina, and most recently in Kyrgyzstan at the A.F. base there that helps transport soldiers and supplies thru to Afghanistan. While he is at home, he guards McEntire Air Force base on a full time basis.

      I currently work at an Emergency Dept. I'm not a clinical staff member, but I am the person who gets you signed in when you first come in. I also get people to their family members and help them understand their currently situations.

      I would love for my fiance to win this. We both really want a grill and this would be perfect. :)

    • yardsale_shopper

      My husband – my hero for 16 years – married when my boys were 6 and 8. Now 23 and 25, they proudly call him Dad and are living examples of his character and influence on them as a Christian father and husband. He has been a State Probation Officer for the last 15 years – a tough thankless job he loves. His caseload is constantly beyond the limit and he is out all hours of the day and night checking to make sure that his offenders are following the rules. Over the years many people on his caseload have: Graduated with their GED, Started families, Committed to Change their lives, and embrace a future that doesnt involve more jail/prison time – due to positive encouragement and the belief he shares that they can choose their own destiny. I would love to reward this incredible man with some “Guy Stuff” from Sears!

    • lovnafireman

      My husband is my ultimate hero! He served with the U.S. Navy for 12 years and did not reenlist due to helping me care for my father with cancer. He is also a professional firefighter who has served the City of Richmond Virginia proudly for the last 10 years. Firefighting is what he was born to do and his real passion in life. Not only has he been an active hero in these things, but he also volunteers for our county rescue squad, is the captain of our local volunteer fire department, and volunteers to do presentations on fire safety for the local elementary school.

    • My Mel Box

      I would like to enter my husband. He has served in the Army Reserves and is currently in Afghanistan since January of this year. He will be returning within the next month. We have four children, including a son who turned 13 on September 18. It was difficult on my husband to miss such a momentous milestone. I am looking forward very much to his return.

    • Sharon

      My Husband – my hero for 15 years – has been a full time firefighter for 13 years. Father to our 2 children, ages 12 & 9. He has worked to provide for our family while protecting and serving our community. Most people do not realize how much firefighters do for their community. He does not just put out fires but is first on scene for all car wrecks, medical house calls and hazard material spills. Although his work schedule runs 24hrs on, he is ALWAYS on call and ready to go when an emergency happens. I love and support him and all our “Heroes”.

    • Melmjohn

      My father is a hero each and every day! He is a veteran and the Commander of our local American Legion Post for 25+ years. He was injured in Panama as a very young man and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder. He was instrumental in establishing a free service that takes our local veterans to and from their VA Hospital appointments on a daily basis. This was possible through proceeds from Bingo and his persistent lobbying to our local officials. He also serves on a “Military Liason Board” which was instrumental in creating a courtyard downtown with a statue and a way to honor our veterans by laying a brick with their names in this courtyard. He attends every brick laying and speaks personally with every family! These are only a few of his attributes, he works tirelessly for our veterans!! I am very proud to call him my Dad and my hero!!

    • Vicky

      I have been in law enforcement for 12 1/2 years. I am currently the Lieutenant over the juvenile division of the Sheriff's Office where we investigate all crimes against children or committed by children. I have served as a deputy, a School Resource Officer in a middle school, and as an investigator in the juvenile division. I love my job and as much as I would like to be a stay at home mom I know God places us where we are in life for his work and for that I am appreciative to have a job that I enjoy going to each morning.

    • Gina

      My husband is a Captain on the Charlotte Fire Department where he has served for the last 20 years. He works at one of the busiest stations in the city and has had to deal with the death of one of his own men while on duty in the last 3 years. He serves the City well, he is a great father to two wonderful girls and the best husband and friend I could ever ask for. He sacrifices a lot for the people that he loves and gives 150% to his job. He is my “HERO”.

    • Mdodson4

      My husband gave up a career as a graphic artist at our local paper to become an elementary school art teacher so that he could share his love of art with children. He has sacrificied so much of his time putting together the most awesome lessons and working hard to get his teaching certification. He is also the most wonderful father ever to our 7 month old son, taking on the responsibility of caring for him his entire summer break and loving each and every minute of it! I am so proud of him!!!

    • Michele

      I am a homeschool teacher. I am in my 8th year of teaching. We do book learning, but I also get to customize what my kids learn to their interests. I love the fact that they are spending their day together and here with me instead of giving the best part of their day to someone else. I think it helps to build a strong family, and I hope the values they learn here while they are young will help them be better people when they are adults.

    • Stefana

      I am a new teacher buying my very first home! I will be buying my home with my boyfriend of 5 years. He works as a hydrologic technician for the United States Geological Survey. We would like to use the gift cards towards appliances for our new home!

    • Rebman

      I am a middle school counselor and would love to win a Sears gift card. But, while I may have the opportunity to be seen as a hero to some children, the ones who have the greatest opportunity to be a hero are parent. Parents have the greatest impact on their children, either positive or negative. I see parents who neglect to realize the impact they have on their children and the results can be devastating. But, when I see parents who take full advantage of the hero status they can take in their child’s life through daily sacrificing their own wants for their child’s needs, putting aside their own time and using it for their children, and being involved in their child’s education and future, then children grow into outstanding adults, positive members of society, and loving parents who become heroes to their own children. Do teacher, doctors, firefighters, police, and others serve a great purpose and do wonderful things? Absolutely! But the real heroes who can have the greatest impact in our world are parents!

    • Connieb03

      I'd like to nominate a collegue of my husband's, whose name I don't even know. He's a veteran, former army, and current teacher. His house burned down last week, so everything he owns burned down in that fire. He has two school aged kids, not sure the ages. This story has just made me so sad for his family, I think that he deserves and NEEDS this shopping spree!!!! I can get his information if he wins it!

    • Sonya

      I would like to nominate my husband. He is a staff sergant in the Army. He just finished up a year long deployment in Iraq. We have been married for almost two years and have only lived together for 3 weeks, because of his deployment and being away for training. He is currently in a 6 weeks leadership training class 12 hours away. I feel that he deserves to have a little gift, becasue he gives so much to his country.

    • Greenbug75

      I work in the pathology department in a hospital. My father died of cancer at a young age. I realized how important an early, accurate diagnosis is to the fight against the disease. I have dedicated my life to obtaining that diagnosis for others in his memory. I have worked here for 6 years.

    • Mary

      My husband is an Army Veteran. He was deployed to Kuwait in 2008. Since he came back to the states he has struggled to find a job that he enjoys. This gift would be an encouragement and a blessing to our budget.

      • Mary

        We have one 7 month old son.

    • Melissa

      I'd like to nominate my sister. She has been an Emergency Room Registered Nurse for two and a half years. When she first started she was working the night shift. She has pretty much seen everything. From infants to the elderly, she helps save them all and I admire her immensely.

    • Bvdresser

      My Husband bring a smile to my face, security to my life, and unflinching protection to our family and I am willing to share that with all that need him because he is a Hero. He is Violent Crimes Investigator with our local Sheriff's Department and been working for them for almost 16 years. His unselfish willingness to look for your missing child, get up and go to a murder scene in a seconds notice or a meaningless shooting because of gang violence, help and reach a hand out to a victim and pour his heart and soul into solving these crimes that plague our society today shows his heartfelt dedication. He stays on a 24 hour call to leave to assist all major cases. His job is heroic but so often never thanked. Police Officers are who you hope never catch you speeding, you hope to never have to call because your house is broke into or to just even be involved in a minor finder bender. But Police Officers are who you rely on when you are in true danger and you need help and during these times it is so good to have good men like my husband. As hard as it is sometimes when my husband does not come home for days trying to solve a crime and misses so much going on in our families lives, I know there is another family (and your family) he is helping by getting another criminal off the streets and that is why we always stand behind him a support him. I want to nominate my husband as a BIG THANK YOU for all you do for our family and for so many other families out there. You are appreciated!!

    • J_keppel

      I would like to nominate Matt Kemper. He is a pasco county florida firefighter. He lost his mother and sister last night they were killed in a fire. http://www.baynews9.com/article/news/2010/september/153542/Two-women-dead-after-Hernando-County-fire

    • Waitingforryder

      My husband is definitely my hero. He works so hard as a K-9 officer at our city police department so that I can stay home with our 3 year old son. He is called on his days off, when he just gets in from work, and at all hours. He works crazy shifts and then often will have to go to court after working all night. He does so much at home when he is here and makes sacrifices so that I can stay home. I was a teacher before my son was born, and I loved it, but I spent so much time working on things for class that I feel very blessed to not have to work and take that time away from my family now. My husband worked at the Nashville police department for 3 years and then moved with me to Cleveland,TN so that I could be closer to my family. He has worked with the Cleveland police department for two years now, and he has been a K9 officer for a year. He has seen so many problems occur because of drugs, and he is always ready for an opportunity to take drugs and drug dealers off the streets. He is not my hero because of the job he does; he is my hero because of the man he is, the husband he is, and the father he is.

    • Jamie

      My dad is my hero. He is retired military having served in every branch but the Marines :-) He was active duty as a young man in the Air Force, then he later joined the National Guard and ended up retiring from the Navy Reserves! He also served in our local Police Reserves for awhile! I would love for him to be able to win this contest as my appreciation for his years of volunteer service!

    • It is a mazing to read some of the stories here and see how many readers of Southern Savers (and fellow penny pinchers) are Heros to our community. Many of these most important jobs do not pay very well and cannot pay for the worth of these peoples sacrifice. My husband and I are both teachers, as some of you know in south carolina many schools are feeling the pinch on the ecomony and have cut some benefits and even salary. My husband is a Middle School bible teacher who truely loves teaching and loves the students. Each year he plans a retreat for our 7th & 8th graders and then another one for our 5th and 6th graders. He organizes speakers, games, writes skits and performs in them. It is all above an beyond the “call of duty” but he wants his students to see the love of God in their teachers lives and in their own lives, and to grow and learn not only in skills but as a person with integrity and depth. So that his students are able to think for themselves and rather than giving them a list of rules to follow in life and never know why. I am so proud of him. He is an amazing teacher and has sacrificed alot to continue teaching, now that we have a 2yr. Some people think teachers have “off” in the summer but he works thhe entire summer helping to better our school by writing curriculum as well as being a part of the administration.

    • Nativegurl61

      My daughter is hero to a lot of people…they are called her patients. She is a nurse in an Alzheimer's/dementia unit at an assisted living/nursing home. Rather than get aggravated because her patients repeat things, or get upset because they sometimes get angry with her, she continues caring for and loving them unconditionally. She has been bit, spit on, urinated on, and yet she understands that these were once vital people who themselves had cared for spouses, children, pets, and their particular jobs. She desires to make their last days as fun, loving, comfortable, and dignified as is in her power. Whether it's inserting a cath tube or changing their “diaper,” Laura treats them as tho they were her own grandparents.

    • Ak Tanya

      I would like to nominate my husband. He has served for almost ten years in the US Army, including two tours in Iraq as an Infantry man. He missed a lot of the younger years of his two sons. When I met him he was a single dad still serving in the Army, giving up everyday pleasures to fight for custody of his two boys. We are now married with three boys and he is facing the possibility of medical retirement do to an overseas injury in his back.

      So many people have done so much with out being recognized, and with out needing to be. Melmjohn story touched me and I think her(his?) father deserves to be recognized, for the effort that he puts in for veterans. Many overlook veterans, and don't even take the time of day to thank them for the service they once provided for their country.

    • Miss Jenny

      I'm a high school math teacher. Does that say it all? It is my hope that I can help students get through a difficult subject and possible spark a love for learning. I have been teaching for 14 years.

    • Realest8gal

      My husband, Rick, up-ended our lives in 2004 and decided to return to college to become a teacher. He truly has been a “teacher” for a long time, however. He coached Junior hockey for many years, served as a mentor to new Hockey referees, and as a couple, we fostered 15 children in Michigan. Not to mention parenting our own five!

      Since becoming a teacher, at age 40(!), we moved to Georgia and he is now in his 5th year teaching Middle School Science and Social Studies in an under-served, under-privileged school. I believe that he is a “hero” to many of his students every day…they seem to be able to relate to him so well…with his life experience, his background in coaching and our fostering and adoptive parent life lessons. Many of his former students “return” to him and share their accomplishments and struggles, and they look to him for reassurance and guidance….and validation….since many of them are from one-parent homes.

      Rick would really benefit from this honor…he could use some new slacks, and he is also needing to build some shelves/display units for his classroom-he's pretty handy that way, too!

      Thank you, Barbra Cormier

    • Suzanne

      I am a 911 operator/dispatcher, and have been serving my community in this position for 4.5 years. Until I started this job, I didn't realize how involved it really is. Like most people, I never gave a second thought to who would answer the phone in an emergency, except for when the news would report something negative about 911.

      They call us the “Unseen Heroes”, and the “Guardian of the Guardians.” We are the first point of contact when someone calls for help, and we are the ones who tell the officers, firefighters, and EMTs/Paramedics where to go. My colleagues and I strive to help you as much as possible before help arrives, whether that is just being there so you aren't alone, or whether it is helping you perform CPR to save a life.

      I am proud to serve my community in this position.

    • Kay

      I am a RN in a local hospital on the med-surg floor. I've been a med-surg nurse for 6 years, and although being a “floor nurse” is not as glamorous/exciting as some aspects of nursing, it's definitely a trying, necessary, and essential part of our profession. Any patient will tell you, a compassionate nurse makes all the difference.

    • Michelle

      I have been a registered nurse for 10 years. I work in ICU. I am currently in school to be a nurse practitioner.

    • Comrlg

      I have been an EMT for the past 6 years. I have worked many many herrendous wrecks, medical calls and traumas. I think the worst one was when a Father came to pick his two sons, 7 and 9, up for visitation. Instead he killed his sons, shot the mother, his father inlaw and killed himself. It is calls like this that almost make you not want to return. Then you realize if its not for you who would do the job? Who will comfort the grief stricken families? Who will take the extra step and let grandma take her special blanket with her to the hospital? Who will hold a childs/parents hand as they are calling out for their loved ones? Who will stand in 3 feet of water and tell the injured passenger of a vehicle that help is here and we will get him/her out as soon as we can. That they are not alone? Who will work a code on a 7 year old and return to work for the next shift? Who will take in the beaten and starved 2 year old instead of being home with their own families? Who will get up after eating only 2 bites (if we're lucky) of their meal to respond to a person in need? Who will go without sleep for 24 hours at a time to serve the public? Everyday every other field of the public safety department is recognized and rewarded for good deeds done. But EMS gets excluded all the time. Is this the case here? Or do we fall under the firefighter category? I can stand behind a police officer who just got free coffee at 2 am while I have to pay for mine. I love and appreciate Police, fire and even our teachers but frankly we get a little discouraged at the fact we get excluded most of the time. I hope that is not the case here and that I am able to participate in this contest. Please consider me, a single mother of 3 beautiful children who have sacrificed just as much as I have. Being gone for 24 hrs at a time to help the needy. The disturbing and traumatic things I deal with day in and day out unfortunately affect my children also. We work hard to make this family work and they have been very understanding (as much as children under 13 can understand) and they realize that mommy has to go help sick people. They are very proud of me and I am also very proud of them. They have been my Godsend and together we make it all possible.

    • Lelesim

      I am a Registered Nurse at a local University Hospital where I have worked for the last 20 years. I have cared for patients that are dealing with traumas, surgery, orthopedic injuries and have dealt with Oncology patients, pediatric hearts, and transplants in the past. I live with my sister and assist her in raising her four wonderful children. This gift card would help us tremendously in preparing for Christmas!!

    • Josh Rowan

      I am a teacher at high school here in the Atlanta Georgia area. I teach 9th grade Algebra/Geometry. I have been teaching for the past 7 years at the same school. I am always in need of new clothes and shoes as being a teacher comes with lots of occupational hazards.

    • Adhallford

      My husband is a firefighter. He is more awesome than words could describe. I am his wife and I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer a couple of years ago while pregnant with our first child. To say he has been through a lot is an understatement. He has juggled working as a fireman, being a daddy to a premature baby and taking care of me. He is so amazing and so deserving! He has wanted a new lawnmower for a couple of years and a new grill, but we haven't been able to afford one because of my medical bills. I would love for him to win this gift card and be able to get something he wants and needs. He is truly a hero; both to me and our community.

    • Michelle P

      Hello! I would like to enter! I am a high school Business Education and Computer Technology teacher. I teach various business courses, such as Marketing, as well as computer technology courses such as Computer Literacy and Computer Applications. The biggest part of my job, however, is to develop employability skills in my students. The students I am teaching now will be our doctors, lawyers, teachers, customer service workers, military personnel, etc. in the next 10-20 years!

      I have been teaching for 6 years. I actually did not start out as a teacher. I got my BS in Business Administration in college even though I wanted to pursue education (I was discouraged by several people..namely my parents). While married with one child, I worked full time and went through an alternative certification program here in my state. After three years of that, I decided, while pregnant with my second child, to pursue both my Master's in Education and National Board Certification, both of which I completed successfully last year.

      I have taught both in middle and high school. This year, I am serving in my dream job! I have taken a position teaching virtual school. It is a very demanding job, but I love it because it allows me to stay home with my two kids. I teach over 400 students each day, in addition to wrangling my two. I had to take a significant paycut to take this position, but it is worth every penny to be able to do what I love (teach) and take care of my kids! That is what drove me to Southern Savers! I'm still learning the ropes. It's tough for us because both of my children suffer from food allergies, so there are always products I have to buy regardless of whether I can find them on sale or not. One of these days I hope to have lower grocery bills like I see so many here talk about!

    • Wendy

      My husband is in the Air Force. He has been serving for a little more than 10 years. He is a hard worker, loving husband and father. He is always providing for his family and not making any extra purchases and this would be perfect to help us get a jump start on Christmas for our family. He so deserves to win this for all of his hard work and service to our great nation! He is so humble that he would never nominate himself. He is just such a great guy who is very deserving!

    • Ingriddeal

      My husband, Scott, has been a police officer for 16 years. Being a police officer like his uncle was all ever wanted to be. His parents wanted him to go to college to be anything else. He went to college like a good son, but soon realized law enforcement really was his calling. He changed his major, again, to follow his dream this time. His application to the SC Highway Patrol was accepted before he completed his degree. After several years on the Patrol he went back to school and finished. He gave his diploma to his mother for her birthday as the first in his family to finish college.

    • Jennlaw03

      My husband, James, is with the Ga National Guard and is on his 2nd big deployment. We have had a very hard year and I am not working full time b/c of health reasons. We could us the extra money for our 4yr old son's clothes and maybe some stuff for our house we hope to get next year.

    • Jamie

      In my home my spouse and I our both servants to the community. I have been a home care nurse for ten years and he has been a police officer for six years. So we have a lot of crazy stories to share. Our jobs are very demanding and stressful. I just hope our children grow up with a servants heart. A Sears gift card would be so nice to help us celebrate are 12th wedding anniversary.

    • Tracireece

      I began volunteering with Walker County Emergency Services in 2001 as a Cave Rescue specialist. My love for the organization grew and I began to expand my participation. I was hired in 2003 and since then have gained my Firefighter certification as well as various medical, hazardous materials, and rescue certifications. My current position is Captain of Administrative Services. My husband is a career firefighter also with my department. We have been hoping to purchase new bedroom items for our daughter but it isn't that easy with both of us on “government” salaries. This gift card would be awesome to get her new bedding and curtains!

      Thank you Sears and Southern Savers for recognizing the hard work of all these folks!!!

    • Pam

      My husbanb, Jeff, has served in the Air Force for 21 years. He served in Korea for a year, Suadia Arabia for 3 months after Desert Shield, and Uzbekistan for 2 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Also, he has invested his time and life to the 150 cadets at a ROTC program at an University. He is currently getting ready to retire and is planning to work at a hospital as the HR Director. My husband gives 100% to all that he does in his work, family, and church. He is an amazing father and husband. I thank Gad everyday for his love to his family.

    • Suzfitz

      I have been a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse for the past 11 years. I believe this is the best area of nursing to work in! We care for the most fragile little ones, and get to be an advocate and a support system for the families. I got to experience what it is like to be on the other side of things when my daughter was born 5 weeks early and had to spend 10 days in the NICU. I would never have chosen to go through that experience, but I can honestly say I am thankful for it. I now know what it is like to be the parent of a baby in the NICU, and how heart wrenching it is to have to leave your baby in someone else's hands. I am thankful she is now a happy and healthy 20 month old! We are also expecting our third child in less than 5 weeks, and could use the gift card to purchase some things for our first son!

    • Teri

      My husband is a firefighter and has been for almost 38 years.

    • Jbrockway

      I teach at a local community college part time while I homeschool my two children. My husband teaches at a local University. We both teach computer courses and are both involved in our children's education, and he works as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts. I have been teaching for 13 years and my husband has been teaching at this university for almost 16 years. He taught for the Air Force as a civil servant when he was just out of college.

    • Joy Guillebeau

      My sister is an absolutely fabulous First Grade teacher! She has been teaching for 18 years and her kids and parents love her!! Her school room is a bright, fun, challenging, and safe place to learn. Let's hear it for the teachers!

    • Linda

      I have worked in the intensive care unit for 18 years and worked as a nurse in ICU for 8 years. I get all kinds of different diagnosed patients in MVA trauma, Surgical, Cancer, and Pneumonia just to name a few of them. I really enjoy making a difference in a person's life. I feel like this is where i can help the most. I truly believe everyone who posted on here is a winner. Its great knowing this many heroes come to this site. thanks everyone for everything you do.

    • Lyssaturner

      Yay for Sears! I am a first grade teacher in Atlanta. I taught kindergarten for 5 years and have just started my 5th year in first. I love being a teacher. I can honestly say that I have the best job in the world. I am lucky enough to work with great kids, parents, and colleagues. I am also lucky to have a great “teacher husband” who helps in my classroom, tolerates my late night cutting, AND comes to hang out with my firsties on occasion. I know he would appreciate his share of the Sears card!

    • Mbuckalew

      I have been teaching adolescents with behavior problems in a public school for 5 years.

    • Kim Statzer

      I have been a teacher for over 12 years. I have taught in a variety of settings from a small country school to an inner-city low socio-economic school. I love that I get to pour my heart and soul into these young children and can help raise up a generation that has confidence in themselves and an ability to study, learn and succeed.

      Kim Statzer

    • Ashley Gurley

      I am currently a student nurse doing clinicals right now. I absolutely love it. I can't wait to graduate in May so I can become an LPN. I never thought in a million years that nursing would be my calling to serve sick people. I now know that it is. My husband is a firefighter for Columbia, SC. He has been a firefigher for almost 18 years. He is a Captain and has 3 lives that he has to look out for every 3rd day. He is truly a hero for being a firefighter. He faces danger each time he goes to work. We both truly enjoy our careers. After he retires, he is thinking of going to school to become a nurse too!

    • Rbcstroup

      I work as a nurse at Duke Hospital in the neurosurgery unit. We have patients with brain tumors and other issues with the brain and spine
      . I have worked there since 1996 except for the two. Years I stayed home with my son
      .

    • Jblak687

      I've been a Surgical/Trauma/Open-Heart ICU nurse for almost 10 years now, though I only work 1 night a week so I can stay home with my 3 children. I love being both a nurse and a mom, and I can honestly say that raising my kids is the harder job.

    • Chris

      My husband is who I would like to nominate as a HERO. He has been with the NC National Guard for 32 years. He has been deployed 3 times since we were married in 1991. He actually missed our first wedding date due to Operation Desert Storm — he was activated in July as we were to be married in November. He returned safely one year later and we complete the nuptials. We have since been happily married. His recent deployment was for 14months and he just returned home in April. I consider him a hero because he selflessly gives to all those around him. His unit this time was an infantry unit and in addition to the dangerous job they did in Iraq, he also counseled many of the very young men in his unit. After his return this time, he said he really understood why he was called to this position. He has seen suffering both in the foreign country but also with his military counterparts. He sacrifices time with his family for the military, but when he is at home… his role of hero continues as he spends time with his children and helps me out. He exemplifies the definition of a hero — one who gives selflessly and sacrificially for the good of others. I am truly proud of him and am a better person because of him!

    • Eric

      I've served as a firefighter in Atlanta for the past 10 years and although I find what I do to be rewarding, the fire service does have a quite emotional downside. In a nut shell we serve people in their times of distress. This includes the obvious fighting fires as well as assisting the elderly when they fall out of bed in the middle of the night, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous material incidents, gas leaks, emergency medical, career day at local schools and yes, we still rescue cats out of trees (I had a bird rescue once). As anyone would imagine, it is a good feeling when called upon in a persons time of distress and my being there made a difference. My work environment is not what would be considered the usual. Everything a firefighter does he does as a team. We go on calls together, eat together, train together and at the end of the day we sleep together (in SEPARATE beds of course). We work in 24 hour shifts and during this time even our conversations causes us to form a pretty tight emotional bond. We really are a brother/sisterhood. Unfortunately, because of the nature of what we do, we often see people at their worst and in their worst conditions. Although, firefighting has it's thrills, the sobering reality is someone just lost their home and personal and sentimental items that will never be replaced. Our training takes over and often shields us initially from the harsh reality of the call until it's over and then reality kicks in. The worst are those calls that adversely affect the helpless (children and the elderly). I believe it is because of this, that most firefighters take up hobbies that have an associated adrenalin rush (motorcycling, hunting, sky diving, hiking, hunting, etc.). So after considering the ups and the downs, after 10 years of being in the service, I still say this is the best career anyone could ever have.

    • I'm a homeschool mom who's taught all 8 of her children and I'm a military spouse. My husband is an Army physician assistant who works at a Combined Troop Medical Clinic.

    • Heidi

      My husband is a Marine veteran. He served in Iraq when the war first started.

    • Lisa Spears

      My husband and I are both teachers. I have been a second grade teacher in North Augusta, SC for the last 7 years and he has been a 8th grade history teacher for the last 5 years. We both LOVE our jobs and feel that we are changing lives every day. We have twin 4 year old girls that love being able to come visit our schools. Teaching is a passion I take forth in all areas of my life. I teach my girls the values that are important to make them wonderful little ladies and one day a beautiful person inside and out. I teach Children's Church at my church for the 3-13 year olds. It is a small church, so I many times have the that age range in my class at once, but the older children help and I couldn't do it without them.

      Please concider my family as one of the people who deserve the prize, we would love to share any of our experiences with anyone who would like to hear!

    • Jodi Maria

      I'm a special education teacher and this is my 11th year in teaching.

    • Tiffany Lynch

      My husband has been a deputy sheriff for a little over 10 years. On a daily basis, he goes out of his way to put his life on the line. Just recently, he had the horrible unfortunate experience of finding one of his own shot, which really impacted his life in a tremendous way. While, I know that it is still something that he struggles with on a daily basis, I have been truly amazed at his courage to stay in the profession of public safety, knowing that any day could be his last. He is truly worthy of this heroes award and would be grateful to receive it.

    • Mal

      My Husband is my hero. He is active duty Air Force and works hard for his family and country. He has been in for over 22 years and everyday he proves just how much of a hero he is, just ask his kids.

    • I teach a class of 10 self-contained severe/profound/autism special education students, k-5, full day. They are actually the heroes, as they have overcome many physical problems and medical issues. They are wonderful kids and I love them all! I have been teaching for 13 years, and I am still very passionate about my job.

    • I am an ER Nurse and have been for 6 years. I help to take care of everything from hangnails to heart attacks. I have cried with parents as they welcome new life into the world and cried with families as they say good by to their loved ones for the last time. I love my job and enjoy making a difference in people's lives!

    • Shabeber26

      I am a 6th grade Math and Science teacher. I teach an inclusion class of 28 and an advanced class of 31. I've been teaching for 9 years and wouldn't have it any other way! I love working with students. Even 6th graders need heroes!!

    • JPerez

      My husband and I are both teachers. After six years of teaching in the classroom I am now staying at home to homeschool our children. My husband has started his fourth year of teaching and is definitely a hero to me!

    • Jennifer H

      I would love to nominate my husband, Nathan. This is his 7th year of teaching. In 2008 he received his Master’s degree in Teacher Admin and earned the prestigious National Board of Certification. He is an excellent teacher, always striving to better his class each and every year. The proof is in the paperwork; he has had the highest FCAT scores in his entire school for the past 4 consecutive years! He is very dedicated to his students, going out of his way to brighten their day or reward them for a job well done. He has also encouraged his classes to read over 3,000 AR books and go National on the Accelerated Reading program. He would be a wonderful candidate for this giveaway and honored to win.

    • Maeghansmom

      I'm am a Police dispatcher on a University campus (for 9 1/2 years) and my husband works security at the same University (for 5 years). We work football (which is a big deal here) and other campus events. And we have an almost 3 year daughter :)

    • Pam Nelson

      I am a Police Officer. I have been with my department for 4 1/2 years. My position now is in the Detective Division. I investigate cases of Sexual Abuse against children and adults, physical abuse aagainst children, Elder abuse and deal with all cases of Criminal Domestic Violence. I have always wanted to become a police officer ever since I was a little girl. After doing the stay at home mom thing, I decided to go back to college and I achieved my associates degree in Criminal Justice. I can say that the cases I have been assigned to have touched me in ways that I never imagined they would!! I knew I always wanted to help children and adults when they needed me just didnt know there would be such a need for my skills. Its a shame that one has to investigate these cases; however, it is nice to know there are people like me when it is needed. I would not change a thing with the path that I have taken. My profession is one where most people are not happy to see me or happy with the way things might turn out, but Im okay knowing that I will be doing it without expectations of a thank you or even a smile. The victims(survivors) I have had the pleasure of meeting have touched my heart and that is what makes me go on.

    • Tiffany M Sanders

      This is my first year working as a teacher of students diagnosed with Autism. My kiddos are in third grade and as proud as I am to be their teacher, they don't let a day go by without teaching me something!

    • NeelyK

      I am an operating room nurse. I have been a nurse for 9 years now, 7 of which have been in the OR. My first two years were in ICU. I LOVED ICU and still do. The schedule with OR works out better for me and my family though. I enjoy taking care of patients and their families and would not change anything for the world!

    • Kgood

      I am an elementary school teacher. I have been teaching for 25 years and still enjoy what I do. There's nothing as rewarding as watching children grow and develop and knowing that you're playing a part in that process.

    • Dmllr813

      I am a teacher in an inner city school. I get to go to work everyday and work with an amazing group of kids. Many of them are in some tough situations, but it is my job to reach them no matter what. I teach 2nd grade. This is my first year in 2nd grade as last year as served in a different role in the school. It was a few weeks ago that my principal asked me to step in and take these students through the end of the year due to their original teacher having a high risk pregnancy. I have faithfully stepped up to this amazing challenge and consider it a blessing.

    • Mommyon731

      I'm entering for my husband who has been an RN for almost three years. He loves his job because he's passionate about helping people. Sometimes he gets discouraged because he wishes that people would take better care of themselves. But, he's one of those nurses that is really good at patient education and teaching people how to help themselves be healthy.
      I'm so proud of him!

    • Heather

      I have been a nurse for 21 years. I am the one that cares for your aging parent at home. I am the one that painfully tells them they are no longer able to remain safely in their own home. I am the hero that checks their medicine and corrects in when they have too many doctors all prescribing the same thing. I am the one that holds their hand and offers a soft touch, quiet voice, or even a hymn sung off key while they are passing from this world to the next.

    • Rebeccauwf

      I am an elementary school teacher who LOVES her job! I have been serving in this position for the past 7 years and loving every minute of it.

    • Heidi

      My husband is a family practice resident (doctor, in training) at our local hospital. He works long hours serving the medically underserved and makes almost no money doing it. He deserves a break!

    • Amanda

      I am a middle school teacher. I have been teaching for over 5 years. I love teaching and inspiring kids to become life-long learners.

    • Jennifer

      I am a nurse and have been the field for 16 years. I started out as a CNA at a rehabilitation hospital for head trauma and spinal cord patients. I then got my CNA II, LPN, and then my RN. I have been an RN for 5 years and now work at an acute care hospital caring for post operative patients. I am so glad I chose this career path as it is so rewarding to make a difference in the eyes of a vunerable patient.

    • RondaKeller

      I have been working in healthcare for 21 years. I started out in Radiology (x-ray) but quickly moved into the field of ultrasound. I have been an ultrasound tech for 20 years. For the last 7 years I have also taught ultrasound at the local college. I love my career and really enjoy sharing what I know with others. Seeing my students succeed is truly my pleasure.

    • Caroline

      I am a PE teacher and this is my 8th year. I know we can't do much, but for some kids, their 2 hours of PE a week is all that's standing between them and childhood obesity.

    • Ltsuch

      I am a teacher assistant, bus driver, after school care for K-5 student in my county for the past 16 years. I loved what I do every day.

    • sarahinNC

      I'd like to nominate my husband. He served in the Army for 4 yrs, then got out to go to college in order to pursue his love of Mathematics and teaching. He worked many part-time jobs in order to support us and get his degree (4.0 GPA, I might add!) without taking out any loans. He's been a math teacher for 5 yrs now, and has a great relationship w/ his past and current students. He prays for his students everyday, and not only teaches them math skills, but also inserts Godly values and humor into his lessons.

    • Proud Firefighter Wife

      I would love to nominate my husband. He has been a Firefighter/EMT for the past 7 years. He loves his job and can honestly say he enjoys going to work. He is there to help people when they are in need the most. There is no way in this world I could ever do his job. Some of the things he has to see are just devestating. He is the type of person that is proud of what he does but he hates being put in the spot light and honored for it. He always says it's his job and that's what he loves doing! At the begining of this year he got hurt while trying to take a patient out of their home. At this point we don't know if he will be able to return to the field and do the job that he loves. This would be a great way to lift his spirits!

    • Couponnut

      My wonderful husband has been a teacher for 13 years! He is so wonderful! He loves each and every child that comes to his class. Sometimes I wonder how he can do it but I know that it is just who he is. Where ever we go, we see a past or present student. I think he knows every kid in the county! He is an amazing man…and he loves clothes, tools and electronics. :)

    • Amy

      Both my husband and I teach kids who have profound disabilities. I teach the older kids ages 15 to 22 and he teaches middle school for kids ages 11 to 13. I have been teaching for 15 years and he has been teaching for 4 years (yes, I am older than him). We love our jobs and although teaching kids who need diapering, tube feeding, suctioning and positioning can be a challenge, there is nothing in this world either of us would rather do. They are wonderful kids with amazing spirit even if they have difficulty expressing it. Then again maybe they don't have trouble, their smiles are amazing.

    • Wife of TR Policeman

      My husband is the first amputee to become a police officer in South Carolina. He lost his leg in a football accident when he was 18 and his made his amputation his reason to achieve above and beyond. He has tutored HS students in math and taught Kindergarten student at church. He has an excellent sense of humor and outlook on life. He started a bible study for men two years ago that is till going strong. He went through the police academy at 40 years old and graduated with the newly created Courage Award from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. He has always been working diligently to support our family while keeping me as available as possible to be with our children. He always provides for his ladies before he ever considers himself and this would be an excellent surprise for him, Please choose my husband as your hero to award.

    • Juliebear73

      I'm a first grade teacher in a high-transient, low-income school. 90% of our students receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch. We send many students home once a week with a backpack of non-perishable food so they will eat over the weekend. I have been teaching there for 5 years. I love my job and my students, even though it is stressful. I wish I did not have to spend so much of my own money for school supplies. I often buy things my students need personally, like a hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Teaching first grade is awesome, though. they learn so much in one short year! A gift card to Sears would be a wonderful treat! I would probably use it for my own two teen-aged children.

    • Mistymountainldy

      My husband has been a law enforcement officer for 32 years. He is currently a detective. During his career he has been injured many times, being shot just a few months after our wedding. He is one of the good guys. Keeping things close to the vest and investigating every case to the best of his ability. I am lucky to still have him.

    • Gammaqueen

      I work as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist in a large hospital. I've been doing Nuc-Med for 6 years now and I love my job.

    • Robert

      I am an active duty Air Force SSgt. I have been serving in the Air Force for 7 years. I have served in both Afghanistan and Kuwait.

    • wendi

      My mother is a Neonatal Nurse here in North Carolina. She works hours to save the smallest humans and to help their families. She always goes above and beyond for her little patients, making there best interest known. She also spends countless hours helping the new parents and family to adjust and enjoy their new gift. She has been a nurse for 15 years.

    • Lindsay

      I am a special agent with a state law enforcement agency. I've been a police officer for 7 years and have seen many gruesome things. I've worked undercover buying drugs, I've worked deaths and child abuse/molestation investigations. Unfortunately I work a lot and get paid very little. I don't have much money or time to shop and would love a shopping spree. Please consider me for this awesome “gift”.

    • Bvstarr

      I have been teaching for 8 years, one year in 1st grade and the rest in 2nd grade. All of my years I have taught in a Title I school. Before getting my teaching degree, I taught Kindermusik and piano lessons. I have always LOVED teaching and truly find joy in my students' achievements. Don't get me wrong, it is terribly hard and exhausting work, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

    • shellito1012

      My hero is my sister, who is raising two children alone because her Marine husband was killed in Iraq. I realize she doesn't qualify as a veteran, but she is a hero to me and to her chldren.

    • Renee

      I served two years in the Navy and while in, I met my wonderful and awesome husband and father. He has served a total of 17 years right now and plan on staying in till he HAS to retire. Right now, he is deployed and we do not know where he is or when we will be able to talk to him. We miss him VERY MUCH. We have two kids and this military life is HARD on them sometimes. I TRY to be STRONG for them, but it is a VERY TOUGH life. Wow, typing about it is not good right, since I had a BAD day and his my major support.

    • Hom4schoolmom

      I'd like to enter my whole family! My husband is the fire chief at Westside Volunteer Fire Dept, my son, just 19 and a collge student is a firefighter at the same dept and I am the secretary/treasurer! My dear hubby has been involved with the department for almost 20 years-being chief for 11 years, my son just joined the dept and I have been involved for 11 years. We are all very proud to volunteer to serve and protect our friends, family and neighbors. Our department is all volunteer. After watching our volunteers, including my dear husband, respond and work on my brother-in-law, the chief's brother, after a very serious car accident, I am so happy to volunteer my time and energy to help this department. I'd love the opportunity to take my two heroes on a shopping trip! Thanks for the opportunity to enter :0)

    • SCarolina_Girl

      I would like to enter my mother. My mother has been a teacher in Charleston, SC for over 30 years! She believes in tough love – one minute she's got her finger in your face and the next minute she's got her arm around you. Growing up I was never really fond of being the daughter of a teacher and being called “Little Miss Hills”. But I have realized over the years the impact she has made on these kids' lives. Everywhere we go, kids remember her, her tough love attitude, her hands on teaching and the animals she always had in her classroom. Many a student, even ones I went to school with, continue to tell me that she was their favorite teacher. She still receives thank you notes from kids she taught years ago, and often has taught their children. She is truly an inspiration and an example of a great teacher! I have always envied her being able to spend 8 hours a day in the classroom, chewing behind but loving them at the same time. She never has to wonder how she will be remembered, her purpose in life or the number of people she has touched. She is truly my inspiration and deserves a wonderful shopping spree.

    • Angela

      I would love to enter my husband . He is a loving and devoted dad and granddad. He is a veteran of the Air Force and the Army National Guard . He is now retired due to Parkinson's and is a stay-at-home dad . He has supper fixed most nights that we come home however, there are sometimes that he does not feel up to it. Today is his birthday and he is sick . He would love to have a Sears shopping spree because , he loves to build things and we just do not have the extra money to give him the shopping spree he deserves . He loves Sears and this would be a great surprise to him . We have been married for almost 27 years and he has been a great husband too.

    • mandy

      I'd want to nominate my husband, Michael. He's a veteran of the United States Air Force. He's currently working as a State Law Enforcement Agent in North Carolina. He's required to work long shifts and lots of weekends. I appreciate all our “HEROES” do so we can be safe in the USA! I recently attended your class in Gastonia, so excited to learn how to become more FRUGAL! Thanks!

    • Jennifer

      My hero is my husband. He was in the national guard reserves for over 16 years. He joined because he wanted to serve his country. After September 11th, he called his unit and asked what he could do to help. He volunteered for them to send him anywhere because he just wanted to help his country. After serving a year, he volunteered for another. Basically, it was so important to him to put his life on hold for two years so he could help prevent terrorism.

      During every hurricaine he is called to help with safety issues as well as working with the EOC. During this time, he has to leave his family at home. After Hurricaine Wilma, he was gone for over a month.

      Something else that I should mention: When my husband and I got married, he knew that my grandmother with Alzheimers, who was in her 90's, was part of the package. He knew how important it was to me to keep her at home. I didn't want to put her in a nursing home because I knew she wouldn't survive long. During this time, both of us worked full-time. My grandma used to like to roam at night and leave the house. So, he would stay up with her a good portion of the night so that I could get enough sleep to go to work the next day. He didn't mind that we often needed to take her with us when we went out or stay in because she didn’t feel well. He even took many days of work when she wasn't able to go to adult day care.

      Several years ago, when there was a flu shot shortage, he camped out in line for my grandmother overnight at Publix. Then, when we dropped her off when the wait time was less than an hour. She would have never been able to wait there all night or get the flu shot without his help.

      When we couldn't get her in the car anymore, because she couldn't stand. He would take her out in her wheel chair to get a milk shake or just some fresh air. At this time, she couldn't do much of anything for herself. He didn't mind helping with her with anything.

      A couple of years after she past away, we had a daughter. When she was 9 months old (last September), he went on active duty stateside. He came home for two weeks and then was deployed to Kuwait, where he is now. He will be over there a full year and misses his family. However, he loves his country and wants to do the best job over there he can.

      I feel that my husband is a true hero because his has dedicated much of his life to helping those that he does know. Even more so, he helps those who he doesn't know because to him, this is what it means to be an American.

    • Bambi

      I teach 6th grade math. This is my 13th year of teaching. I love seeing students learn and enjoy math.

    • Christyna

      Our Hero is my Husband and our childrens daddy. We could always count on him to be there anytime we needed him. My Husband is active duty in the Navy, he is dedicated to serving his country in the best way he can, being the best man he can be. We appreciate all of his efforts and know that no matter where he goes he will impact someone in a great way. My Husband and I have struggled for the last year to keep our childrens needs met, even though the military is a wonderful thing to be apart of, it doesn’t leave us much play money. Not only has my husband dedicated himself to his family and his country, he now has a second job to allow for ends to be met. This means the kids don’t see him anymore monday thru friday and part of the weekends. He is working long hours to make sure his family is taken care of. If it were not for my Husband I don’t know where we would be today.

    • Mike

      I have been in the US Navy for almost 11 years now.

    • Dolface546

      I have been teaching elementary music in GA for 6 years now and I love it! I teach between 2 schools and have 850-900 kids between the two at any given time. In addition to my general music classes I also have a chorus at each school that I work very hard for. After school I go home and teach piano lessons.

    • Emaushouse

      I'm a 911 operator/dispatcher…the true “First Responder”.

    • Beddy

      Is there a winner?

      • Elizabeth

        I was wondering the same thing. I thought the winner was going to be announced by 9 am this morning.