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TechMamas HP Magic Giveaway – 6K in Tech To A Mom or Dad Hero VOTING STARTS DEC. 12

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VOTING HAS STARTED!! CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!

When I found out that I was part of the 50 bloggers participating in the HP Magic Giveaway, I did not sleep too well for the next few nights. I had the chance to give away (US) $6,000 in amazing hardware, accessories and software that could really make a difference in someone's life (or a group ). I had so many ideas, so many people I want to share some magic with. Schools(teachers), charities, families and especially moms (parents) that all give so much on a daily basis. Then I saw the CNN Heroes show and was inspired. So I decided I wanted to award my prize package to a "MOM or DAD hero".

Here are the 20 picked at random:
   1. Hero Daddy
   2. Patricia Brick
   3. Dee Dee Shaw
   4. Christine
   5. Trisha
   6. Michelle Tjemeland
   7. Dawn Greenfield
   8. Shellie
   9. Jennie Lindstrom
  10. Lora Davison
  11. Darrell Jackson
  12. Linda Pettit
  13. Maria
  14. Matthew
  15. Karen
  16. Jill Caren
  17. Sheila
  18. mbayouvieux
  19. Gwynne
  20. Kristinia

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!


CONTEST DETAILS (COMMENTS ARE OPEN, contest has started!!!! Please go to the bottom of the post and comment your "mom hero" story/links):

  • You need to be a mom  OR dad
  • You can nominate yourself or someone else.
  • I prefer that (like many of us) that you can't afford to buy all of this amazing equipment on your own.
  • You need to have a powerful use for that technology, that will not only help yourself and your family but a school or charity as well. School and charity are used in loose terms. You can be a mom that works for an underprivileged afterschool program that wants to share some of the package with the program and some at her home to develop curriculum. You can be a mom  or dad that runs a charity that needs technology to take it to the next level or is trying to get their career back on track – and looking to help others as well.
  • To enter, just comment on this post with links to as many different types of media  you want to use to tell you story, or just a text comment.
  • Please be "for real",  there are people that really need this!
  • I request (not require) that you "share" the magic by giving part of your package away to the school or charity that is part of your "story"
  • The contest will run from December 7 – December 13. Winner announced on December 14.
  • I have the discretion to make all final decisions on who the prize is awarded to.
  • Here is the prize package:

    Hardware

    HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
    HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC
    HP MediaSmart Connect
    HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live)
    HP Mini 1000 (with XP)

    Accessories

    HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
    • HP 564 Photo Value Pak

    Software

    • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Home Premium or Microsoft Windows XP pre-installed on all units (Mini 1000 runs XP)
    Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses
    Microsoft Windows Live
    Corel VideoStudio X2

    Entertainment

    Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-ray disc)

CLICK HERE FOR CONTEST DETAILS and to see the other list of bloggers in the HP MAGIC GIVEAWAY.

CONTEST DETAILS:

1.  Schedule:
STEP 1: TELL YOUR STORY AND TOP 20 WILL BE CHOSEN AT RANDOM.
Comments
will be OPENED December 7 and CLOSE December 11.  The top 20 "mom
heroes" will be chosen from all the comments using Random.org (since
all moms are heroes – how could I possibly choose!). 
STEP 2: READERS CHOOSE THE WINNER:
The winner will be then be chosen via a poll displayed at the top of
this post (December 12).  POLLS OPEN on December 12 and CLOSE December 13. This is a
good time to get everyone you know to vote!!! Again, voting will start Dec. 12 and close December 13 (9pm pst 12pm est).

2. This entire prize package will be awarded to person with the most votes on the poll.  The more information you provide about how you
plan to make a difference using your technology as one of the tools,
the better chance for voters to understand your story. The more media
you use to tell your story, the more powerful it will be. Use video,
podcast, blog posts or updates on your website. But if you don't have a
blog – tell your storty on the comments. A powerful story will come out no matter what media you use.

3. The winner is requested (not required) to share part of their prize with the
school or charity that is part of their "story" (share the "magic").

4. All prize items will be shipped from HP to the winner. The winner must have an real U.S. address, no p.o. boxes.
Entrants who have won this prize at one of the other 49
blogger’s websites involved in the HP give away will be disqualified.

5. I will be posting the name of the winner – so please provide only
public information that can be shared online. You don't need to mention
any location or school names if you don't want to ("local school" is just fine).  Don't put email addresses on the
comment section, enter it into "email" section when you fill out the comment (that is not displayed). I will need that email address to contact the winner.  The contest may be shared with media so the winner will need to comply with that request.

6. I am joining in my fellow contest bloggers and asking that the winner of my prize submit information about how the package was used via a blog, video or website. If the winner does not have a website, they can submit the written story to me and I will post on TechMamas.com. Either way, I will do a follow-up post with the information. The follow-up information will be requested 4 -6 weeks after the prize is delivered. Mid progress is fine!

7. The winner will be announced on December 14th.

Any questions? Please email techmamas(at)gmail(dot)com

Even more fun is to be in the great company (just take a look at) the other HP Magic Give Away bloggers:

merlot mom

Gotta Be Mobile

Barb’s Connected World

Geek.com

Gear Live

Neowin

Small Biz Vista

JK On the Run

BostonPocketPC

Notebooks.com

Geekzone

I Started Something

Bleeping Computer

The Gadgeteer

Planet x64

Digital Home Thoughts

Digital Inspiration

Geeks!

MediaBlab

Geek News Central

The Digital Lifestyle

GearDiary

Last 100

Geeks To Go!

Liliputing

OSNN

Slashdot Review

SlashGear

Gadgetell

Windows Connected

Techie Diva

One Day, One Job

Student Bloggers

Study Hacks – Demystifying College Success

HackCollege

Noticias Tech

Eliax

La Bitácora de Erwin Ried

Carlos Alberto

InfoWester

GeeksRoom

CíberPrensa

Unión de Bloggers Hispanos

Living – In Theory

Moosh in Indy

Morningside Mom

Thoughts on poetics & tech

Stop, Drop & Blog

Down-to-Earth Mama

129 thoughts on “TechMamas HP Magic Giveaway – 6K in Tech To A Mom or Dad Hero VOTING STARTS DEC. 12

  1. I have been a single Mom for last 13 yrs and I have not been able to get a new computer..this one I use belongs to my son, since he got it with his disability money 5 yrs ago and it is needing new Ram, etc. it crashes sometimes and I really hope and pray we could win this so all 3 of us would enjoy a new computer and all the accessories with it..also i am unable to work due to my muscle disease, M.D. muscles do not work well. this winning this sweepstakes would be a huge Blessing to my 2 kids and I..
    Thank you so much for putting this HP sweeps for Moms like myself, struggling through life. and no added income to relieve the stress of providing a decent computer for my 2 kids.
    bye bye
    THANKS!

  2. Hi,
    I think it’s great that u want to give this away to another mom! ;-)
    First I would share part of this package with the women’s shelter that I used to live in. They help battered women as well as addicts. This was the only shelter in this county for the longest time, but now there are 3. Finally people are “seeing” the need.
    The shelter does a lot of good for women who need it. I personally lived there for about a year, and it was the best thing in my life that I could do, at that stage in my life.
    Things with me aren’t as bad as they were before I went to live there, but they are tight, especially in this economy.
    I love the computer & all tech-related things and would love to be able to supplement my income by blogging, reviews, and customer service that they do. I would love to be able to work at home.
    I have a pc but the power supply got wet this past February. Since then I use the the computer at work and my Sidekicke cell phone because all social networking is blocked where I work. I have just started networking more, with LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, and various blogs. Soon to be Facebook also.
    Winning this package would enable me to give back to any agency that gave me so much, as well as provide my children and I to have computer use again.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Following u on twitter now!
    Angie

  3. I have been teaching for almost eighteen years and I have been blessed each day that I have been in the classroom.
    About twenty years ago I was beginning a new life. I’d been a battered woman who was abandoned shortly after I gave birth to my youngest son. I had quit college to marry my husband so I realized that I needed to go back to college if I expected to get off Welfare.
    I received a degree in Education and I’ve been teaching Business classes since I’ve graduated. When you teach Business classes you are often teaching the kids that many teachers don’t want to teach. What I mean is that many teachers want to teach college prep classes. I on the other hand see the kids that sit in my class could have easily been me or one of my brothers and sisters. These kids are the same kind of kids I hung with in high school and I knew they deserved a chance to achieve their dream.
    I am currently teaching in a school that has a diverse population. Over half of our students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. I work hard to help my students find the path to achieving their dreams. We use the internet in class to complete college applications and search for scholarships.
    If I won this package it would allow me do give a couple of students the notebook they will need when they go off to college. I could really use one of the notebooks as well as the printer in my classroom.
    The economy has really caused schools to tighten their belts and we can’t always afford the technology that our students need.
    I want to thank you so much for suggesting that people might think about donating computers to schools. Even if I don’t win, I hope these computers wind up in the hands of kids who might otherwise be left behind.

  4. I am a mom, but I do not want to nominate myself. I am nominating my friend because it is not easy raising children as a single parent. However, my friend and co-worker choose to do so when she adopted a sister and brother nine years ago.
    When my friend decided to adopt a child nine years ago, I warned her of all the pitfalls. When she excitedly related that the agency had found her two children, a sister and younger brother, I exhaled all the dangers; raising one child as a single parent would be tough but two . . . . . .
    However, I assured her that should she move forward, she would not be alone. Adopt we did and it has been a blessing from day one. Young Miss is a vibrant and helpful eleven-year-old who doesn’t like school, but tolerates it well. Little man has shown a great maturity at the age of ten. He is a straight “A” student and a football star!
    I have kept my promise and helped support these children both financially and emotionally. I do a plethora of “Titi” duties. However, this Mom doesn’t really need my help. She is a wonderful tireless champion for her children.
    Unfortunately, my friend was injured on the job, and after two unsuccessful surgeries, it looks like she will have to accept a medical retirement next year. She is into photography and hopes to turn her talent into a new career, so a new computer and the HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer) would have to go to her. Further the children would get a computer to help them advance in their school career! Of course the Kung Fu Panda DVD would also have to find its way under their Christmas Tree also. I get giddy just thinking of the joy I could bestow on my favorite family.

  5. I would like to nominate my parents because they are my heroes are both 64, have never owned a computer and aren’t in a financial position to purchase one. I believe the HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC with Windows would be the perfect introductory computer for a novice and I think the touch screen input would help to alleviate their technophobia. I know that if they won this amazing prize they would give most of the items away to those in need making many people very happy this Christmas.

  6. I’m 36 yrs. old father of 2 kids a boy and a girl ages 5 and 7 and just recently lost my job do to the slow economy, I’m trying to find a new job but it’s hard to find one because all the places I applied to is either not hiring or there letting go employees, thankfully I have great support from friends and family that help me out through this tough time, I can’t even think about Christmas right now but the kids want this and they what that and it’s hard enough to tell them that daddy can’t afford that now, My 7 year old wants a computer of her own to help her with school work and my sun wants a Nintendo Wii but those things are to expensive for me to buy right now especially without a job, I’m barely making rent every month but without my mom and dad and friends that helped me alot with food,rent,gas and cloths for the kids I know me and my wife wouldn’t never made it, if it wasn’t for the support, The Hp Magic will bring joyous to are family it will be saving me seeing a big disappointment on my kids face they didn’t see what they wish for under the tree, but what can I do I think failed as father because I couldn’t provide for my family which is so depended on me but I’m trying my hardest to make this Christmas a good one and with TECHMAMAS and HP help i can put a smile on my kids face when they wake up that christmas morning thanks you for having this contest and I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year and good luck to everyone who’s entering this contest.

  7. If I was so lucky to win this prize I would share it like this. I would keep the desktop and printer for myself because I have a Dell that I purchased used and it is not working right and no one can fix it. I have 3 kids at home and 2 would use it for school and it wouldn’t freeze up on them. The printer would be mostly for book reports and school stuff. One laptop I would give to my husbands nephew whose family like mine is in hard times and he is 16 and could use it. The other laptop would go to my aunt who also can not afford a computer but would like one to keep in touch with her son. The other stuff I would probably donate to my kids schools. They can always use stuff. Thanks for the chance to win this. brewerchickey78(at)yahoo.com

  8. I am a mom of 3 and a 5th grade teacher at Parkview Elementary School in Eagle-Mountain Saginaw ISD in Northeast Fort Worth Texas. I have heard from 3 out of the 12 parents that I have already conferenced with before Thanksgiving break that they are in such financial crisis that their children will do without anything this year.
    If I were to be the lucky recipient of your prize package all of the technology and equipment would be used to benefit the students that I teach. I would supplement the classroom that currently teach to make sure that I am able to effectively teach the students and make them responsible citizens, as they are the ones who will be taking care of you and me in our aging years. I would continue to use the technology in my classroom to benefit these 88 students and the future 5th graders that I teach. After making sure that the classroom was effective, I would love to make sure that the families that I have heard from that are struggling to get by have a Christmas for their children. Regardless of whether I win this or not, I will still do the latter; however, this generous prize package would allow me to reach even more families in need. I hope that you will consider me and my students when you make your selection for your winner!
    Dawn Greenfield
    Parkview Elementary School

  9. hi i would really like to keep the small mini laptop and the rest i would donate away.
    first I would donate a laptop to a school that cant afford a computer at all, they still use those old typewriter and not the electronic one to type out letters. Besides I would like to donate all of the remaining items to Do Bosco Boarding school, these children let alone computers they don’t have proper food to eat, they most survive on lentils and rice, that mostly their daily food, chicken or meat is bought for them maybe on occasions, also as far their education is concerned they our taught by the people of take care of them, they don’t go to schools, i wanted to give them computers so that they could learn and educate themselves, and i’m sure it would make their Christmas very special and more make them very happy. thanx

  10. I am not a parent myself but I would like to nominate my own parents because they lack the skills to enter this giveaway themselves. My father has retired years ago due to heart and back problems. He has now a pacemaker and a artificial heart valve and almost all of his pension goes to meds.
    My mother on the other hand as works as a clerk in a bank. Yet somehow my parents have managed to raise two sons( me and my brother) and they have always helped us financially as we both study at university. They really are my heroes who have showed that it is possible to get a good life even with little resources if you know what to do.
    The prize would help them to learn more about computers, especially my dad who can’t even turn a computer on. I am sure they would give what they don’t need to those who have a use for them.

  11. I am a dad. I cannot afford to buy this great tech package or subsystems individually but here is what my plans are. One would go to my local church to upgrade their system (www.sthelenaschapel.org). I attend and volunteer there as well. One system would go to my aunt in VA who runs hollyhelp.org. She doesnot have a pc and her website is run by a supporter. I would keep a PC to replace my aging 8 year old desktop and I would give my son the netbook to help make school more fun (and fund stuff also). Regarding the other three pc’s, I do not know which would go to who, although I would keep the laptop. I use my pc for the following ways now. I am a volunteer firefighter for my town and also the company clerk. I manage the meetings and documents this way. I also volunteer my time for church and my sons school as a member of the school council. I use my PC for a lot of research. My wife is on the school PTO and I sometimes help her with research, agan on my pc. (my wife has a laptop for her work she uses). Good luck to everyone. Happy Holidays.

  12. I’m a single mom of two girls and the desktop and printer would be a great for me especially because I’m taking a course in medical transcription in order to help myself become more self sufficient.
    If I were to win I’d give on computer to my best friend who’s also a single mom and she’s living solely off student loans, and one to my younger brother to help him with school and also because he was just diagnosed with HIV and he’s shown interest in blogging his journey, and a laptop would be able to help me with that.
    Everything else I’d donate to a Wilmington, NC domestic violence shelter called The Open Gate. They helped me this past January, even sending an advocate to appear in court for me in a hearing in which my husband was trying to take my daughters from me. I think they could really use everything.

  13. I teach writing and technology to sixth graders in Massachusetts. I always had this idea of hosting a digital storytelling night for parents and children, so that they could learn more about each other while exploring new technologies. If I were to win, I would use the equipment for hosting such a night (building on a project that my wife has done with mother-son writing nights) for families and then use the equipment in my classroom for my students. I believe that access to technology is a huge issue, particularly for single-parent families, and our schools have an obligation to provide opportunities not only to the students, but also to the parents, to use and understand the possibilities of technology.
    Thank you for considering my proposal.
    Sincerely,
    Kevin Hodgson

  14. I am posting on behalf of my mother Yvonne Da Costa:
    It’s quite overwhelming when you think about what HP, Microsoft and ‘Techmamas’ are giving away. HP has exemplified something here, the gift of giving and the magic it entails? If I were to win all this hardware I would share some of the gifts with St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church, Cross Keys which has been a significant contributor to this small community in South Manchester. Serving not only the spiritual aspects of its congregation but providing a foundation for families and the youth with a Basic School constructed in 2005. A Youth Club program was started in 1997 and has been consistent ever since by providing opportunities for local Youth through social activities such as sports, summer schooling and trips. A non-profit organization such as my church does not have the resources to invest in state of the art technology, so giving them some of the package would be a significant contribution I believe in helping out the church technology wise. Other parts of the package would be shared with my two older brothers. This collection of devices is screaming, show the good in you, so why not make the ‘smart’ choice of sharing the magic too? Thanks!

  15. Greetings,
    My family has had a really tough year. First, my mother lost her home to fire, about a year ago. Insurance rebuilt the home, but she lost everything. I would share with her, because she has not been able to replace the computer she lost. Second, I have been unemployed since January. My wife and kids have encouraged and supported me in going back to school full time.
    And that leads me to this, My daughter is a freshman at college with a partial scholarship for photography and design. This would really help her in her degree. with our financial situation we have not been able to support her the way we would like.
    We also belong to a home school organization that we could be help from this prize.
    Thank you

  16. I am not a father, but if I were to win, I would give my mother and stepfather in Louisiana one of the new computers because theirs crashed and my stepdad was recently laid off from his job. I would give another one of the computers to my dad and stepmom here in Georgia because the computer they have now was bought at a refurbishment place for $150. I would give another computer, the printer, and the media connect to my fellow interns at the theater that I work at because we’re all just starting out in our careers and it’d be nice to share that with someone to help them along. I’d give Kung Fu Panda to my little brother and his friend. The only thing I would keep would be one of the the laptops, and the interns and i would share the photo pack so we could print out some headshots.
    Both my mother and stepmother are nurses, so they are definitely heroes to me. Thanks so much for the opportunity. :-)
    Sincerely,
    Matt Standley

  17. This contest has come not a moment too soon in my life! I am a single parent of two children. My sister recently died and left behind four children of her own with no one to care for them. I stepped in, and now have all six children in my home. It has been very difficult, because my son has learning disabilities and requires home schooling. I do not have my own computer, and so we make daily trips to the local library, but the time limits on the computers there are short at best.
    I am also a passionate animal rescuer and have fostered and adopted out many animals in the last ten years.
    I am aware that the local animal control desperately needs updated computer equipment to better place the animals that so desperately need a home. Additionally, I tutor underprivileged children in Language Arts for the local school district. These computers could make a huge difference for them as well.
    If I win this contest, I will do the following: Give one computer to the local animal control, give one computer to the local school for the students, and keep one for myself so that my son can use it for his home schooling needs. It would also be beneficial for my sister’s children to have a means of using the new computers as well.
    Please consider my family in this contest. Thank you.

  18. Thank you HP and Techmamas for this wonderful competition.
    More than a year ago, my wife was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that doctors thought would either be with her for life, or go away shortly. Unfortunately, it didn’t go away, and about a month ago, my wife was laid off after using up all her medical leave. For a formerly very active step-mom who would juggle work, a kid and being an active member of the community, being consigned to lying in a chair all day because she doesn’t have any energy is extremely difficult. To make matters worse, her employer took the computer she was using back, and we don’t have one to give to her. I would love to be able to give her the TouchSmart PC this Christmas, because it would be easier for her to touch the screen than to use a mouse.
    I would also like to give one of the laptops to my son, who will be going off to college next fall. Tuition will put a very high strain on our (now single-person) income, but we value our son’s education. If the economy weren’t so bad, and my wife and I were both working, I might have been able to get him a laptop. Now, though, I won’t be able to, and I know that he could really use one in college.
    The other laptop, the printer and software will go to our local library, where they could be used by student-tutors like my son.

  19. I would donate two computers to a 5th grade classroom. Maybe I’m biased, because I’m sleeping with the teacher. Ok fine, he’s my husband. He is working on his masters in “Learning and Technology” to utilize technology in his teaching. The problem? His school can’t afford the equipment he needs to implement what he is learning. He would buy some to donate himself, but we all know what teacher’s salaries are like. He has a lot of cool ideas for using computers in teaching, & the kids would love it.
    I would give one computer to my brother, who has had an unbelievable string of bad luck. Most recently, two of his three kids came down with the same disease he has. His insurance sucks, and he is looking into internet-business opportunities, for some extra income. (He reads my blog, so I’m posting this here because I would love to surprise him.)
    I would keep one computer and the printer for myself. I run a small internet business from home, so I can be here with my 3 young kids. I have been stressed about the inevitable approaching death of my computer, and how my little home business will afford a new one. A new computer would be a huge blessing to my family.
    Thanks!

  20. I would SO love to win the HP Magic Giveaway. Although I do have a computer, I certainly could use an upgrade (mine is an older celeron model & VERY slow). Both my husband and I are disabled (mine was due to an accident that occured 10 years ago) and we have to live on our social security, with not enough to buy a new computer. I’ve learned how to live well on our income, but there are some things that we just don’t have the money to buy. More importantly, I’d like to share my prize, as there are a lot of computers in this package. I have a friend who is a VERY talented writer, who has NO computer & I’d like to see her be able to publish on the web. She lives very meagerly and a computer would certainly open up her world. We also have a son in college that has no laptop, so I’d love for him to have the laptop to take to class. I’m not sure which charity I’d give the 4th one to, but I’ll definitely think about it. This is a wonderful giveaway that you and HP are hosting. Good luck to whomever wins!!

  21. Since you said we could nominate *Dads* I would like to nominate my husband. Not only is he a great dad and step-dad, he is the best slice of heaven that has ever walked into my life.
    I am battling MS and I struggle in so many areas..not just the pain, or the tremors..but my speech is difficult. My husband is so patient in trying to understand me and not only that but after working a full work day he will come home to wash my floors for me. Doing housework on top of his already busy schedule is very humbling for me.
    I have true help. Financially we have been struggling. Dealing with chronic illness really takes a toll of you: physically, mentally, emotionally and if that isnt enough, Financially.
    I would certianly make use of this wonderful giveaway. Just having one of those notebooks to be on the net from the couch or easy chair or yes from the Bed..when I just cant get up and out sounds like its own slice of heaven.
    My son needs a laptop too. He is trying to become employed fulltime as a highschool english teacher. My husband could use one for his work related stuff.
    And I know plenty of people that would benefit from a surprise gift of a comp.
    Thanks for giving all us contest people this opportunity!

  22. Deciding whom and what to share the magic with was easy: My dad and I would share the HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC! He loves computers and technology as much as I do, however, I would never make the leap of calling him a techie. My dad spends lots of time on his email. It’s his social hour. He gets lots of spam, and he actually enjoys it. Well, he must enjoy it because no matter how many times I offer to get him a new account he insists on keeping his current one. The why: I can just imagine all the fun we’ll have together showing him these awesome gifts!

  23. We have been actively involved in our local Boy Scouts for over 10 years, ever since our eldest son was old enough to join Tiger Cub Scouts in first grade. We have spent countless hours helping to turn groups of rambunctious boys into respectful, responsible young men.
    We live in a rural area, so there are not a lot of constructive activities for teens outside of school. Many kids turn to drug and alcohol abuse because there is nothing else for them to do. Scouting is a wonderful alternative.
    We are fortunate to have dedicated leaders and parents who invest a lot of their time and effort into training these young men to be the best they can be. In camp competitions, we are always the troop to beat. The only thing we lack is in terms of finances.
    I had been able to get a copy of Quick Books for our leaders, but their computer died. I’d love to be able to donate a laptop or two to our Scout troop. Not only would it get us back into digital bookkeeping, but it would help all the boys- many of whom don’t have access to computers or internet at home.
    Of all the boys in our troop, we expect at least half of them to make Eagle Scout. Two recently got their Eagle badges; one of my sons just completed his project; and three more boys, including another one of my sons, have their projects planned. The other boys their age who are falling behind don’t have internet access to download all the forms and requirements, or to help them research their projects. If we could provide this service to them at Scout meetings, it would greatly increase our success rate and perhaps pique more interest from other kids.
    My church and school would also be worthy recipients of some of these great prizes, though I wouldn’t be opposed to raffling some off to help one of them, either. If we were to keep a computer, we would also donate our old computer to a family in need.

  24. I am a dad of a 13 year old Autistic boy. I built him a computer about 8 years ago to help with write, learn letters, and communicate with others. This computer is very very dated and I would love to get him a new one. There is new software which does not run on this dated one, which could really help him communicate.
    His special needs class at his school is also in desperate need of new computers and I will donate some of the laptops to his school. They use them to help the kids to talk, write, learn letters and numbers. They could really use these new computers to help these kids open up and communicate.

  25. Yo quiero nominar en este concurso a los papás de los niños del hospital infantil de Toluca, ya que son unos seres ejemplares que dan su vida por sus hijos, por su bienestar y salud. Muchos de ellos incluso, son voluntarios para ayudar en las tareas diarias del hospital, por lo que considero que unas computadoras e impresora les serán de gran ayuda en su labor diaria, incluso para entretenimiento de lo niños. De esta manera, la recuperación y atención de los niños podra ser mas agil y divertida. Como las computadoras no serán donadas a una persona en particular, podran beneficiar de mayor forma, pues las computadoras podrán permanecer en las instalaciones del hospital para que sean usadar pos todos los padres voluntarios que las necesiten.
    Por otro lado yo utilizaria el resto del equipo para continuar mi labor de diseñador grafico, generar una nueva fuente de empleo, para un padre de familia y de esta forma poder ayudarlo para el sustento de sus hijos y de su hogar.
    Gracias y saludos para los lectores de techmamas, felicidades por este magnifico concurso y suerte a todos los padres ejemplares que participan en el.
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    I want to name in this contest the papas of the children of the infantile hospital of Toluca, since they are exemplary beings who give their life by their children, by their well-being and health. Many of them even, are voluntary to help in the daily tasks of the hospital, reason why I consider that computers and printer will be to them helpful in their daily work, even for entertainment of the children. This way, the recovery and attention of the children could be but agile and funny. As the computers are not donated a person, they will be able to benefit from greater form, because the computers will remain in the facilities of the hospital so that they are used by all the voluntary parents need who them. On the other hand I would use I remain of the equipment to continue my work of graphic designer, to generate a new source of use, for a father of family and this form to be able to help it for the sustenance of his children and their home. Thanks and greetings for the readers of techmamas, congratulations by this superb contest and luck to all the exemplary parents who participate in.
    email: fmiguelw@gmail.com

  26. I would like to nominate my husband, a daddy to be this July. When I read the word “hero” in your competition title, I knew this award was meant for him. My husband has spent the last three years (giving up the salary he had in his previous job) developing and sharing a program designed to help young people see themselves as heroes, and learn to act in heroic ways. He now delivers a program in schools called the Hero Workshop, that focuses on the journey each one of us is on, and how to be sure that you are a memorable hero in your own story. His commitment did not stop there though, and his journey in studying heroes has made him strive more each day to live more heroically himself. In teaching that it is the small, good things we do each day that prepare us for a heroic life, he has challenged himself to do things each day to make a difference in the lives of others. He has a commitment to donate to meaningful charities. He provides his programs in underprivileged schools at cost to ensure that all the students can benefit from the message. He has become a sponsor to build a school in Africa. And he wouldn’t keep the HP tools for himself. Were my husband to win this prize, he would donate the equipment as well. Part of it would be used for a hero based summer camp he is starting this year. And the laptops would be donated to Michael Guggenheim who started the company, SPLAT. He teaches kids to use laptops at shelters in Los Angeles. Michael is in sixth grade, and is living the life my husband is trying to inspire other young people to lead. He has taken the challenge and is a child hero. Please honor my husband’s quest to promote heroism, and allow him to help other heroes succeed.

  27. Well, let me share my story….I am nominating myself as I just finished this year one of the most demanding years of my life. My wife and I declared bankruptcy and just finished paying out our plan this year. It’s been hard, but we did it. Thanks to that, my work at home wife is using a computer that is 5 years old. If that was all we had to finish this year, that would be good.
    My mother in law, who has had cancer on and off for 10+ years had to get more chemo this year. Thank God she came through it in flying colors and seems to be doing fine, but the fight isn’t over. I also am the mixer of the church podcast and would love to have a machine to dedicate to that task.
    Finally, I know it’s not a requirement, but I would be giving one machine to my Mom in law who I love dearly. She may be around next year, but may not be….cancer can take her at any time. I just want to be able to give her the best gift she’s gotten in a long time.

  28. Hi, Moms,
    I am an international student from China. Unfortunately I am not a dad. Haha…But I would like to nominate my friend Rhonda–a Kentucky Mom
    She’s 40 something and lives with her son. She used to marry an Africa American, as for the reason why I would not to ask.
    What can I say? She was not the typical mom who would wake up early in the morning to prepare breakfast for her son…or is she the type who’d cook merienda so that by the time her son gets home from school there would be hot chocolate and pancakes waiting for him on the dinner table. No. Rhonda was more than that. She is the working-mom-kind-of-mother ( an technician) who works 8 hours a day, then goes back home and faces the household chores.
    About several years ago, she took courses from community school and got her specialist degree, now she worked as a fairly important role in her company. But this is not the end, now she is self-studying Spanish. After buying an expensive software for learning Spanish, she found out her computer is so old. Besides so, in her area there’s no internet. No kidding…
    So, I would like to help her get a computer, a good one. I think she would like to share with other people.
    That’s it…and
    To all the moms and dads!!!
    Xi

  29. I am on a non-profit committee working on outfitting the first-ever library for an inner-city K-8 grade school that has been around since the 1940s. It was so hard for me to imagine that the school had existed so long without a standalone library. They had a couple of shelves of very old, very worn books in the back of their gym. We are buying them books, furnitures, computers… the works. It would be nice to have a little extra goodness to shower them with.
    I would like to keep one of the laptops for myself. I’ve only ever used Mac desktops so I would be curious to see how HP/Windows compares.

  30. I’d like to win this primarily for my wife, Michelle. She is a stay-at-home mom, who left a career in the insurance industry 12 years ago when we were married. Since then, she made being a wife and a mother her career, and has brought so much life to our household. She has helped us get through many Christmas seasons by laboring tirelessly on creating and selling crafts to help pay for gifts for our loved ones. Though we are not a wealthy family by any stretch of the imagination, thanks to my wife, we have not entered a single new year in deeper debt due to Christmas.
    There is a specific reason I’d like to win this prize package for her, though. My sister-in-law has worked at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center for the past couple of years, and has told us countless stories about the people who have spent countless hours at the center, receiving radiation and chemotherapy, and about their families who have struggled with loss and grief all too often. Over the past six months, my wife took it upon herself to start making handmade cards for the patients and families involved at the cancer center. Along with my aunt, my sister-in-law, and a close family friend, they have already made hundreds of cards. My sister-in-law brings the cards to work to give to the families, and many times will write her patients a handwritten note of encouragement, or of sympathy, bringing the “human touch” to people who desperately need it. They receive no compensation from the center, nor from the hospital overseeing the center, but have given freely of their time, energy, and resources to touch the lives of others.
    If I were to win, I would want her (and the card-making team) to have one of the notebooks, the photo printer, as well as the photo value pack. I feel that this opportunity would given them greater tools to design and develop their cards for the cancer center.
    I would also like to win this for my nephew, Josh. We gained custody of him last year, shortly after his 14th birthday, an addition to our family we hadn’t been expecting, but were blessed by, nonetheless. Despite all the upheaval in his life he had to experience, he has handled them with grace and maturity. He has completely turned his grades around, and has shown an amazing proficiency with the computer, as well as with his music, photography, and overall technical skills. He has so many talents and abilities, and has a deep love and compassion for the developmentally disabled man who has shared my home for the past 18 years. I feel that given the right equipment and nurturing, he could not only discover the depths of his potential, but also will eventually invest his gifts and talents into the lives of others. If I were to win, I would want him to have one of the notebooks, the video suite, and the Office suite.
    Lastly, I would also want to include my 6-year-old son, Noah, because he has also handled the unexpected changes in our household very well, and he has also been quick to learn technical skills above his age level. Even before he was two years old, he quickly picked up the basics of how to use the mouse and keyboard to make things happen on the screen. He enjoys writing e-mails to his Grampie, who lives a couple of states away, and his Auntie Jamie, who lives across the country, and he loves writing stories. I would love to be able to set the HP Mini aside for his exclusive use to learn with, to play with, to connect to others, and to give his imagination an outlet. And, of course, I would also want to give him the Kung Fu Panda DVD.
    The remaining items, the TouchSmart PC, and the MediaSmart Connect would be for the general family’s use.
    Though my intended recipients are family members, I have been very blessed to see each of them, especially my wife, be inspired to better the lives of other people. I would love nothing more than to give them these technological tools to go even farther in their impact in other people’s lives. Though I make enough money to be a one-income family, we are very frugal in our lifestyles, and could not afford to make these purchases on our own.
    Thank you for your consideration,
    Joseph Grabowski

  31. My sister is a mother of two. One of her children passed away less than a year ago.
    She would like to do something to keep his memory alive and to help other children who have the disease he had. There is not a foundation or organization currently focused on this illness but she would like to start one. This equipment could be used to help start the foundation and some of it could be donated to Children’s Hospital.

  32. As I’m typing this comment, I am just finishing up a meeting with a group ladies, looking to empower women and families in our area.
    I live in an area that does not have a whole lot of hope. The industries have died, and parents leave their children to raise themselves. It’s in this place that two years ago we opened up a non-for-profit music venue and coffee shop. Opened 7am-10pm Monday-Saturday this shop has flourished into a multi-faceted operation, working hard to give the kids in this area not only something to do on the cold winter days, but also provide for them the services and help when they need it.
    One of the things that we are just in the beginning stages of opening is a women’s crisis service. With a mission to provide women and teens the help and support they need whenever they need it. From pregnancy to abuse, and all of those touchy subjects that find a lot of ladies feeling quite lost.
    If I won this package…most of this prizes would go to this new budding service…well, except Kung Fu Panda. I love me some Jack Black.

  33. Well, I am neither a dad nor a mom for that matter! I am in the process of trying though, been through a few fertility treatment which cost a bomb, and I in turn aren’t able to splash out on things such as a new gadget. Well good luck to those who win.

  34. Thanks for the opportunity to win these great computers. I’m entering more for my kids then myself. I can do with the old computer I have, but my kids deserve so much more than I can give them.
    My oldest son, Jordan, is a senior in high school. He plans to go to college for computer networking and security. He has been using an old desktop that can’t keep up with his needs. We are hoping he can get some kind of scholarship to help with the cost of school, but no scholarships will pay to get him the equipment he needs to excel in his chosen career path.
    My youngest son, Gibson, doesn’t have much access to a computer. Between Jordan, myself, and my husband, there isn’t a lot of time left for him. He could really use the chance to use it more.
    When Jordan gets out of college I plan on leaving at least one of the computers with the college for future students in need. That is if I win from you and HP.
    I know my story is so familiar, but not as sad as many. I’m not unemployed yet, but the economy is making my job iffy at best right now. This could so help me with the stress of not having enough money for my sons to grow into the adults I know they can be.

  35. If given a chance to have this HP Magic Giveaway, I would definitely share it to those in need of it.
    First, I’ll give one to my sister in law who is pregnant right now and have 3 children. She definitely needs this, her husband left them and she is striving hard to feed her children. she can do a lot with this to earn money by putting a business with the help of HP.
    Second, I’ll give the other one to a distant relative whom I’ve been helping also finish her school she is on her last year in college and this would really help her in doing her thesis.
    Third, I’ll give the other one to a school near our place (Philippines). This would help the students since, most of them don’t even know what a computer is.
    And lastly, the last set would be mine this would help our family to start a small business since my husband don’t have a work yet. and can also help my daughter in her school assignments.
    It would really be a great feeling to share something especially to those in need and in this season of giving the HP Magic Giveaway is a sure hit!
    thanks and more power!

  36. Is it destiny? If I were to win, I’d be sharing the magic with my friend Debra. It seems like destiny because her birthday was on the 7th (the opening day for this contest), and my birthday is on the 11th ( the closing date. And what makes Debra the greatest mom? She is a single mom. Twin 16 year old boys. And a very loving, dcedicated mother to her daughter, who is severerly handicapped. Her daughter is 4 now. She is still bottle fed, eats purrees, doesnt walk, doesnt talk. Debra is her caregiver, EVERY DAY. Debra is a RN., but currently not working, because she can’t bear the thought of having her daughter institutionalized. She’s given up almost every aspect of her life for her child. And when she does get free time, she’s watching her boys at basketball games, or visiting her nanny whenever possible. I know she could put this package to good use, since I know she is struggling financially, to have a laptop for each of her boys would sure make xmas much smoother for her. And I’d like to see her keep one for herself as well, so she can get some interaction with others and to stay in touch with the world. And that I think, would make a huge difference in her life. ~Lora

  37. I would need to nominate myself for this giveaway (please).
    Financially speaking…no, we could never in a million years afford to buy stuff like this, let alone a single Kun fu panda movie. Yes, our finances are that strapped. We lost our car about eight months ago and have yet to save enough money for a down payment on a new one (bills come first). Every time we think get close to having the money, something comes up and we end up needing to pay for that instead (bills, food, toiletries and what have you)…survival comes first and for this, we are borrowing a vehicle from a friend right now. Last week we lost our dryer (heating element went out and before this it was catching all our clothes and cutting everything; heating element went out or something).
    There are many other reasons for nominating myself, but I don’t want to give any sappiness here…so…basically; I would love to help my family with a computer upgrade (three kids, a husband, myself; a single computer that could use the upgrade). After this, I would share with two or three other families (2 for sure) in the same situation; friends that make their bills each month, but making a purchase like this would be devastating to their finances for months afterwards. These families (like me) have never had the luxury of buying something new, have been shopping at the good will for far too long and need a spirit booster…something that will make them truly feel special this year.

  38. We don’t need $6,000 worth of technology, but I could use one laptop. In order to save money, we arranged for family members to watch our 3-month-old baby when we work. We gave up our home telephone and cable television. So what good would a laptop do us?
    I’m a reporter for a newspaper. A laptop would allow me to write a story on deadline at home instead of taking my baby to a public computer.
    I’d also give one computer to my parents, who home school my two younger sisters. They don’t have a computer and will go into high school with very little knowledge of computers or the Internet.
    My five siblings (from age 11 to 22) are passionate actors but they’ve missed several auditions because they could not easily look at a venue’s Web site for dates. A new computer would help them prepare for school and open the door to more acting opportunities.
    So that leaves a couple more computers and some DVDs. I would donate these to a wonderful organization in Texas called The Order of Christian Workers who put on a huge Christmas party for kids in need down there. I went there to help put on that Christmas party, and I like to help them whenever and however I can.
    Amelia and Todd Hooper

  39. Winning the HP Magic Giveaway would give my family a Christmas that I am just not in a financial place to provide this year. I was forced to close my web business this past February, and have been unable to find employment. I would send a laptop to my 10 year old daughter in Ohio along with a webcam. This is the first year in the past 7 she will be unable to visit me for Christmas, because we have chosen to let her spend the Christmas in Ohio, with her grandfather who has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 terminal cancer. I would use the PC or additional laptop to set up another webcam in my home. It would make her Christmas to be able to see us not only on Christmas, but a regular basis when she’s not down here. I would donate the remainder of the package to my sister-in-law’s 3rd grade class. I know she has a rapidly dwindling set of supplies for her class and she doesn’t have the resources to purchase as much as she would like for her students.

  40. I am entering your contest on behalf of the Los Angeles Childrens Hospital. My daughter is in 4th grade in public school in Los Angeles and this story is about an “inner city” classmate of hers. This boy missed entire year of school last year because he was battling cancer. This year, he has returned to school and is in my daughters’ class. A few weeks ago we went on a field trip to the Getty Museum and the children were told to bring a camera with them. This boy was in my group and he was clutching his digital camera like it was a priceless jewel. When one of the other children asked him about it, he proudly told us that he received it as a gift from the Hospital when he was getting treated. After hearing this story, I started researching LA Childrens Hospital to find ways to help. Each time a child has a check-up, and operation, or any type of procedure they are given a gift. If I won your contest, I would give these wonderful prizes to the Hospital to make another child/family a little happier this holiday season.
    Thank you for considering my entry.

  41. My oldest son is in 2nd grade and is attending a French immersion charter school. Each year, the school struggles to meet its budgetary needs while providing programs that will help the children grow and progress. This year, the school started a robotics program using Lego Mindstorms. There was enough money in the budget for the Legos, but they require a computer to program them to do their tasks, and there was no money in the budget for one. I would love to be able to donate the laptops to the school’s robotics program and give them the opportunity to really get the robotics program off the ground.

  42. I was going to write a story to tell you all about why my husband could really use this but I decided to tell you what has happened to us in the last 2 weeks. We have been through an awful lot and he has been so amazing through it all.
    -It all started the week before Thanksgiving when I got sick.
    -Then I got my 9 month old sick.
    -November 20th-I got a phone call that my Uncle had died of pneumonia.
    -Son’s cold turned into an ear infection
    -November 23rd-My Grandpa died of Cancer
    -My husband and I drove 6 hours with our son to my grandpa’s funeral. Work has been really slow lately and we are pretty strapped for cash but we took the time off of work to go.
    -Get back into town and find out my son needs hernia surgery on December 11th!!
    -My work is closed due to a power outage across our city
    -December 3rd My husband totaled my truck and we find out we have to spend $550 for our deductible and $130 in fines because, even though he was going 15 mph, he was driving too fast for conditions.
    -During the car accident, my husband was only mildly hurt but his computer was crushed due to the impact of the tree through the passenger side window. He is an IT guy for a Dental Office in town and his computer is his life. We are far from being able to afford to replace his laptop and if I were to win this contest I would be able to give the man that I love a new start.
    Winning this contest would help us to start rebuilding our lives. We have seen far too much devastation in the last 3 weeks. I would donate at least 1 computer to the school that I work for. I tutor underprivileged, special-needs high school students and I know that they would be thrilled with a new computer to work with!
    Thank you for this opportunity. Happy Holidays!

  43. While I can say that donating to a charity is very honorable, I hope the contest pickers choose someone who can specifically share with people whose lives will benefit. Its nice to actually see where someone has gotten something and put it to great use, rather then just donating to a “large” charity. I believe helping the individual person is just as strong and needs to be considered and recognized. So here is my entry.
    First off, I would keep the desktop. I am a work a home mom just trying to get my business off the ground. Like so many other people, and moms, I am trying to keep my head above water in this economy, as well as, make something great for my daughters future. I work very hard, sometimes up to 15 hours a day, and its not easy, but I see that I can do something great. I am also an avid blogger, so having a great computer is worth gold to me. Not only in function, but in the fact that it limits my online time so I can still spend time with my family by not wasting time fighting with slow programs.
    I would share the 2nd notebook with my father. 2 years ago he ended up in the hospital unexpectedly with diverticulitis. He nearly died from a staph infection he got while there and had a portion of his intestines removed. He still has massive scaring from it. He is a Realtor and has inspired me my entire life to be something great, to help others lives, and to be independent. While he was in the hospital, he ended up being there for over 2 months and because of that, his company pulled all of his listings from him and he came out of the hospital barely able to move, trying to get his life back, 100K worth of hospital bills, and all of his business gone. He has worked two years to just get his head up again, but the economy is so bad that its like fighting an upstream river.
    Recently he has started taking his customer service online. Learning twitter, myspace, facebook, and a slew of other online programs and social networks. I would love to give this computer to him so he can continue to work on the trend and to reward him for NEVER giving up.
    The 3rd notebook I would reward back to my blog. I started my blog in July and it has quickly became a wonderful community with amazing woman. I am so blessed to have been accepted so readily in the blogging world and recently we ran a few Christmas contests. I was able to hear stories all around of women and families who just needed SO much…but even more, they were willing to share and come together and I saw so much support on the forums and all the blogs. I just cant do it alone and I want to be able to make ONE MORE mommies Christmas. Which one, I do not know. So i pledge to take that 3rd computer and re give it back out to someone for THEIR Christmas dream. There are so many moms, like myself, that are just trying to get their businesses off the ground, or teach their kids from home, or just trying to make it. Nothing would give me more pleasure then to be able to pass that back on to someone. We gave out a high chair yesterday and when I picked the winner I got teared up. Its truly what the holidays are about. I cant imagine how I would feel to be able to bless someone else again.
    The last computer I would pass on to my brother. Our mom was murdered in 2002 and he was only 13 at the time. Now he is 19 and he has struggled for years coming to grips without her. He graduated high school at 16, had a full scholarship to college and was an athlete. But he took a wrong turn and got into some bad things and dropped out of college and lost his scholarship. He has the ability to go far and has been doing his best, working in telemarketing and trying to turn his life around. I believe a computer would help and show him that the family is behind him and we believe in him. I never thought i would actually do that until I considered where all the products would go…but I truly believe it could be a step for him.
    Because of my blog and meeting all the women and hearing all the stories, I am launching a nonprofit program that starts in January. The site is up but not ready (so i will only give URL privately if asked for proof) and I will pledge to donate the
    # HP 564 Photo Value Pak
    # Microsoft Office 2007 Student Edition
    # Microsoft Windows Live
    # Corel VideoStudio X2
    # Kung Fu Panda (DVD & Blu-ray)
    as the very FIRST products to the nonprofit organization that launches and will be a golden stepping stone for me to continue to help people in life.
    Thank you for the opportunity to change my life and so many others on behalf of me.
    Trisha
    http://www.momdot.com

  44. I am a mother of three wonderful sons: a junior, a freshman and a kindergartner. (Yes, we were surprised by the last one.)
    We live in a rural area, so there aren’t a lot of constructive activities for kids, particularly teens, outside of school. Many kids turn to drug and alcohol abuse because there is nothing else to do. Scouting is a wonderful alternative.
    We are fortunate to be among a number of dedicated leaders and parents in our troop who offer training to these young men in all kinds of valuable skills. We have a very large troop for a community of our size largely because of our great leaders. In camp competitions, we are always the troop to beat. The only thing we really lack is finances.
    I’d love to be able to donate a laptop or two to our Scout troop. Not only would we get our bookkeeping back on computer (the leader’s computer died), but it would help all the boys- many of whom don’t have access to computers or internet at home. There are so many merit badge forms, instructions and information that the kids need access to if they’re going to progress in ranks. They also need access to technology for many of their projects and for later life. If we could provide computers to them at Scout meetings, it would greatly increase our efficiency and perhaps pique more interest from other kids as well. We’re always looking to entice new members to join.
    My church, school, youth group and the community center would also be worthy recipients, though I’m not knowledgeable enough of their operations to determine what items might fit them best. Of course, I’d be happy to find out. Our school is K-12 in a single facility. Our church, which also serves as the local food bank, has had a lot of large capital expenditures over recent years for major repairs, so technology upgrades have been put off indefinitely. The community center is new and would likely be happy for anything they can get.
    Because I’m a mom, I would also like to give something to one of my children- namely my eldest son. He will be studying engineering and will be needing a laptop at college. He would also enjoy the Corel software since image editing is one of his hobbies. He’s a great kid and is on target to make Eagle Scout next year, as is his younger brother.
    I would keep either a laptop or desktop for myself as well as the network printer. I would donate our old printer to the scouts and we would also donate our old computer to a family in need.
    I’d love to help share the magic.

  45. Hello,
    This is embarrasing to say but I could not tell you how much I would need a computer. I would only need one computer and the rest would be given to family and friends. I am in the time of need where I have no desktop at home and the only time I have a computer is at work. I have five kids and I run my own business. I am currently trying to switch careers and I am slowly starting to lose money. I have a new house, college funds for two students, bills, two new apartments, and a new car to pay for and I am absolutely devastated that my kids will not be getting anything for Christmas. I have five children and I would hate to not get them anything for Christmas. Unfortunately I do not have any budget for Christmas this year and I don’t think I we will be having many presents under the Christmas tree. I hope I can win this desktop because I am depending on it for work and home and right now I cannot afford one at all.
    Mona

  46. First I want to say, I really do hope all that enter see the real meaning of this giveaway and that its not sold on Ebay or Craigslist… if you win you “MUST” share the wealth somehow.. seriously people its not all about “US”. Think of others and you will greatly be rewarded with that JOY that you can only feel from helping out someone in need!
    First off I want to say that what HP has done with this giveaway is amazing, this contest lets me believe that some companies are out for the greater good!
    I’m nominating myself ,The reasons I’d like to be chosen:
    I’m a Mother of 3 children (2 at home, 1 in another state with the Ex-Husband)
    I am planning on going back to school online for Business Management or Early Education ( I want to teach!) and I’d like to do this from my own home due to the fact that I’d be able to spend quality time with my 2 younger children. The laptop, printer, and software would help tremendously with this.
    I would be sharing too, I have a son who lives 18 hours away from me, he’s 4 years of age, we don’t get to have much contact due to him not having an up to date computer to talk via webcam or even send digital pictures! This would help with my communication with him.
    My husband is in the US NAVY and is constantly away from us during training missions and deployments, for him to be able to use one of the laptops would
    be beneficial to the children and I, we’d be able to keep in contact alot easier.
    I want to start my own work at home business so I can again spend time with my 2 youngest children, this prize pack from HP would help tremendously.
    I plan on homeschooling my children and these days computers and printers are very helpful in the educational field.
    The reason I say from my own home alot is because yes childcare is a factor when you work outside of the home or even go to school, and this costs lots of money.
    My husband does okay enough to support us but the extra work wouldn’t cover childcare, gas, and all the other extra added expenses.
    I also have Crohn’s Disease which isn’t in remission half of the time and its harder for me to get out and successfully perform at my best work wise and to even be in
    a college class room would be difficult, so it would be easier in the comfort of our own home.
    My husband wanted to add that he’d give away whatever we wouldn’t need to a local program for children most likely the Ronald McDonald Charity here in Norfolk,VA (school program, church program, headstart, Armed Services YMCA, something of the like) who would really benefit from the use of this great technology! My parents stayed in a Ronald McDonald House while I was sick/first diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and it was an easier transition for all of us at the time.
    kristinia at lovingheartmommy dot com

  47. I’m a homeschooling mom of two. My husband works (and works and works and works) to support our family so that I don’t have to work and can continue to educate our children at home. We do have computers in our house and are financially ok. We definitely couldn’t go out and buy 6k worth of electronics, but we have enough money to keep our computers reasonably up to date and have access to the internet. Unfortunately, I know of quite a few local homeschooling families that don’t have the money for computers. I cannot even imagine how I would manage to homeschool my kids without a computer! If I win this contest I plan to donate three of the four computers to other local homeschooling families that don’t own a computer. I know that it would make such a huge impact on both the parents and the children. Thanks for the chance!

  48. I am married with a five-month old son that I plan on using some of this expensive equipment to home school with. I can not afford most of this equipment, so winning it would be a blessing for me and my friend I will be sharing with. My friend currently home schools his 4 kids and he just starting taking online classes so he will be getting all of the equipment except 2 computers for me and my wife. He currently is doing the home schooling and going to school so it makes sense to me to give him most of the prize package!

  49. I’m a single mom :) I run a home business, trying to have time with my kids while paying the bills. I would love to win this, not only for my duaghters who need a good computer, but I would love to give something back to my best friend and my mom :)
    When I broke my ankle last year, my best friend stayed at my house, doing ALL the housework, all the cooking, dishes, taking care of the kids, walking the dogs… EVERYTHING so that I could rest up and heal.
    My mom, who has struggled all her life, raising all of her children, deserves to get something special and nice. (Don’t all moms?!)
    Thank you for this chance :) I would love to put these computers to good use :)

  50. If I were lucky enough to win the HP Magic Giveaway I would bring the Mini 1000 to the Veterans Hospital and find a Veteran who I want to have it. I don’t know who it will be but I will know when I see him or her. Depending on the situation I will either give it to him/her or have a nurse do it. I get too emotional!
    I will bring the Pavilion dv4 to the local library and give it to a person while they are using a library computer, the librarian said she will help me choose the right person. I want it to go to a deserving patron who can’t afford a computer but uses the library computers. It might be a student, a veteran or person who is out of work. Maybe a sick person who will be happy to receive such a great gift. Or a mom or dad with kids and no computer!
    The DVDs will go to Toys-for-Tots.
    I will happily replace our Desktop computer with the TouchSmart. We had one crash a year ago and replaced the hard drive, I am getting nervous about another crash coming! The power of the TouchSmart is so great, it will give our family hours of learning, entertainment and keeping up with our finances.
    We would use the HDX 18 for our four person plumbing and heating company. And the MediaSmart Connect would also entertain my husband and 2 boys! Since I am a stay at home mom and we have a limited income, it would be so great to win this giveaway!

  51. What a wonderful contest! Thank you and good luck to all!
    I would want to share with my mom, my sis in law who is a mom and me who is a mom. We have had some rough times in the past years with the hurricane’s doing damage to our houses and then add the economy and we are barely scraping by so to win this prize package would be a true blessing because me and my sister in law and our pc’s are how we earn a paycheck. So the first pc(probably the touchsmart and printer) I would want to go to my sister in law who does medical transcription full time from home and they just had to file for bankruptcy plus due to illness they our 3 housepayments behind so things are really scary for them right now. The good news is that they (her and my brother) do have jobs, it is just digging out of the whole that will take a while. If I gave her a new pc setup she would be truly greatful to you. The second pc I would want to give to my son who has his first job and moving out on his own soon and plans to take night classes so he definately needs a pc. The one him and I were sharing was hit by lightning and fried..lol I guess you gotta laugh when bad times come or it will get to ya if you don’t try and think positive. Lastly, I would want to give one to my mom who has never owned a pc but alway’s wanted one so she can keep in touch with her family that has moved away. She would be thrilled. And then finally I would love to keep one for myself. Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

  52. I work in education with primary school children aged 3-11 years. I would like to use this amazing equipment to enhance the children’s learning by introducing these new technologies such as the media centre and touchsmart computer. At the moment our ICT budget is extremely limited, with no real funding, therefore most equipment is worn and dated, and we come from a school where products like this are only a dream. If I win, I will be donating every single product to the school (I will be able to use them as well) where everyone will be able to use them to the full, this is including the children, members of staff, members of the local community and myself (I am the ICT Technician). Using this hardware will make learning more exciting. I believe a child’s education is the most important thing, the more way’s we have to enhance their learning the better, products like the touchsmart can help us introduce new ways of learning.

  53. I am a mom who has been through a lot lately. Last week I was all set to enter these contests, with really no set purpose for them. But that’s all changed.
    Two nights ago I suffered my first miscarriage. It has devastated me and changed my life. I have a 3 year old daughter, but am in mourning for the baby I lost. One thing I have found in the last day is that there is an abundance of help online for what I am going through. There is a community out there who is willing to help in a time like this. While I’m still hurting and in no condition to offer advice to anyone, I feel that I can share by donating computers won in this giveaway. There is a women’s center at my hospital, one for women who are suffering from miscarriages or other pregnancy related problems. I would love to find other women (through the center) who would need a computer. I feel that this would help them join this amazing community and get the support they are seeking. This is something I feel passionately about, yet I can’t afford to provide the help out of my own pocket. This giveaway happened at just the right time, in my opinion, as I now have a pressing need to help others.

  54. I am a MOM! I went through 10 years of college, in which, I had 4 children and divorced from my husband. I have struggled financially throughout those years to provide for my children and still achieve my goal of finishing college. I just finished earlier this year and am yet to find a job. We live in a very small town with little job opportunities. I would love to have one, just one, of these computers for myself, and the others I would share with the local children’s homes. If they were not to need them, I would search through my church family and throughout the community to find families who do need these great gifts! I love to give to others and I, myself, have been extremely blessed to have friends and family who have helped me through the most difficult years of my life! Thank you for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! I would love to win and share it with my community!
    Sincerely, Jennifer

  55. I’m a mom of course, and I could never afford all this wonderful technology! I am also running a benefit to raise $1Million Dollars for Alzheimer’s National Foundation. In 2009 I’ll be conducting the final phase of my campaign (I’m almost halfway there now) to raise this money. Its not officially announced but I’ll be holding an auction to raise this money in conjunction with my walk and other activities. I could certainly use some of this technology for my campaign, but I’d like to donate most of it to the auction! There’s no sob story here, just a way to honor my parents who both died of the disease in 2002 and who showed me so much love during their lives and taught me so much about everything.
    This is not a professional plea. This is a request from the heart and I’d be honored to win this wonderful technology!
    Additionally, part of the technology would be donated to a local nursing home that specializes in Alzheimer patient care. They are especially happy when I bring by a new printer or accessories for use in their therapy programs
    Many thanks
    Deb

  56. I would like to nominate my fiance, Shawn for this contest. He’s a patient, wonderful father and soon to be stepfather to 5 children. The past year I have been having one health issue after another have not been able to bring in a income. He’s unselfishly worked the overtime… cared for the house… made numerous dinners… did laundry and has never complained or said anything about it. On top of it all he’s been to every appointment, surgery, test I have had . He’s a wonderful man who has sacrificed to make sure our family has had what we need while going with out. If this was to be the winner, I would also make sure that the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan was to receive a gift of a laptop, printer and the photo package. Because in reality each of those mothers and fathers are heros also.
    Thank you Techmamas, HP, Microsoft, BuzzCorps for the opportunity to nominate my husband to be and all the parents at the Ronald McDonald House of Mid- Michigan.

  57. I nominate myself as well as three other families. We are all underpriviledged families that cannot afford to purchase this or anything technological for that matter. If I win this grand giveaway, I will share the computers; one computer per family as we all need one to communicate with our families and have some sort of normality in our hectic lives. i ask that you guys give us a chance to win this amazing giveaway to make our lives and the lives of our children better. They do not have computers for the school work and we need to go to a local internet cabin, or cabinas de internet, as they are called here to research information for the homeworks.
    I thank you in advance and I hope I have a shot at winning this.

  58. I am entering this contest because I would like to further support the School for Arts in Learning (SAIL) in Washington, DC. SAIL is a unique K-8 public charter school providing multiple creative environments, opportunities, and experiences for inner city youth through arts-infused academic programs. They take underprivileged and special needs students and use the arts in order to help them through their immediate situations, many of which are quite dire. By using a special arts-infused method of teaching, SAIL thinks outside the box in order to come up with innovative methods of serving children and youth with differing learning styles. They have developed a specialized curriculum using the arts to help children learn in ways that match their learning styles, paying special attention to individual learning styles and specific need. Their focus is on developing the whole child, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.
    This school is unique because they take kids that society has given up on and they give them hope. Through a rigorous education schedule and intensive, artistic training, they turn these kids into good students and good citizens. The school also engages the community in pretty unique ways. For example, one can submit a picture of their pet to the school and, for a fee, one of the students will create a work of art based on this picture. The artwork is shown first in a public gallery, before going to the owner. This unique system teaches the student responsibility, creativity and the results of putting in a hard days work. I have been to one of their exhibitions and it is amazing the quality of work that these students can attain.
    However, this is a public school and is heavily dependent on donations, which are increasingly few and far between. Because they are not for profit, there is a constant struggle for resources. Times are tough right now and not many people are donating, including my family, not because they do not want to, but because they cannot. As the year draws to a close, their donations are down significantly.
    While traditional art practices, such as oils and watercolors, are important, the SAIL school also wants to provide their students with more cutting edge, computer based education. I would like to help them significantly in this effort through the donation of computers and software. There are not words to express what this would mean to the school and scores of children. These kids have lived through harder times than most of us will ever see and they deserve this second chance. They deserve the opportunity to explore themselves and the world around them through art and intellectual curiosity. Please help me give an amazing present to these kids; one which will resonate through generations of students.

  59. This year has been a tough one for me. And I think I deserve some of the prizes in this giveaway. I have gone through two major surgeries in the past 4 months (emergency c-section and gallbladder removal). This equipment would benefit myself and my fiance because the current HP computer we have is getting old and unreliable. My fiance needs a computer for school so he would get his own laptop out of this deal. And I need a home computer as it is the only way I make money being a stay at home mom. So we would be keeping those two things and the printer.
    I would give a large percentage of the rest of the equipment to my mother because she has been here for me constantly, especially throughout my pregnancy and now that I am a new mom in need of help. She bought me a new washer and dryer for my home because she knew it was a necessity, she has bought my baby many necessities. I think she deserves something back, as I will probably never really be able to repay her for all she’s done.
    The rest will be donated to a local alternative high school which helped me throughout my teen years and I know they’re struggling. Thank you for this opportunity.
    Chelsea
    waterprincess812@aol.com

  60. I am a mom, but I am nominating my next door neighbor, Sharon. In the first year that I moved in, my neighbors said, “We’re going to rototill our vegetable garden. Do you mind if we do yours, too?” It is their way of life. Sharon’s oldest daughter has Asperger’s Syndrome, and graduated as high school class valedictorian – she has just completed her masters on a full scholarship, works with autistic children, and trains service dogs. Sharon’s son is just graduating from college, and her youngest daughter attends a school for gifted children.
    Sharon has been the girl scout leader for three troops – two of them concurrently. Besides community service, her troops raised funds and planned their own trips to Europe and sailing in the BVI. Her troops ran council camping weekends for younger troops multiple years – each girl planned and ran activities. I’ve never seen more active troops, both in community service and leadership. For one of the troops, she took on the leadership role at the request of the girls because of what they’d seen her older troop accomplish – none of the girls in this new troop were her own daughters.
    Sharon regularly teaches middle school band students at no charge. As solo and ensemble just passed, I would see groups of kids over every weekend for their tutoring sessions, led by either Sharon or her husband. They both attended solo and ensemble to see these kids perform, even though Sharon was sick. This is an annual activity for her, and none of her kids go to the local middle school any more.
    She is active in her church, though I am less familiar with this. I know that her children were raised to donate 10% of their allowance and earnings from odd jobs to their church.
    Sharon regularly takes care of my yard (I never ask for this.) One year, she said there was creeping charlie that she’d been unable to eradicate. So she killed off the entire front lawn, had dirt brought in, and reseeded it. She hired neighborhood kids for a day to do much of the work. And though I worked all day on it as well, I think that she and her husband did more of the work than I did.
    Service is a way of life for her – the examples above show a number of avenues and I’m certain this is not a complete list.
    If this entry wins, then it will be up to Sharon to determine what happens to the prizes. I am quite certain that they will be donated to worthy causes, and she’ll have to be convinced to keep something for herself.

  61. I want to nominate my sister and her three kids. She has had the same computer for 8 years. The front cover is missing, the power button no longer works, she has to plug and unplug the power cord to turn it off and on. Their printer is missing the top cover and the paper tray, another 6 year old piece of equipment. We upgrade it as much as possible for them, but both are seriously dead soldiers now. With three kids in school who need to do reports and research and being a single Mom working two jobs to feed them and keep a roof over their heads, this is not something she would ever dare spend money on. She is loathe to ask for help of any kind so seeing her and the kids faces if I was lucky enough to win this and share with them would be priceless and the best gift possible. She is my rock since my Mom died and I would love to put a smile on her face for a change and give the kids the items to help them with their school work and social networking with their friends which is hard if not impossible right now. I am sure one of the local schools could use some of this equipment as well and would be more than happy to donate some to them.

  62. The first person I plan to give a computer is, my cosine he is 12 years old and live in a under privilege house hold. Him and his mother lives in a church board now. He has expressed to me how he wants to work with computers when he grows up. The second person I would give the media center to my uncle because he has been the only father figure in my life. The third computer would go to a local food bank that me and my mother have played a major role in for the last few years. I know that they can use the computer to help out on organizing paper work and processing the families that apply for home delivery of foods when they are unable to get a ride. Lastly, one computer will go to me. I am Senior high school and I have found a love of technology and the Internet. Some of things I plan to use it for is to start tech blog with video tutorials and of course use it for college.

  63. Hello, i would nominate my mum and dad. They are the best, the cared for me and my brother every second of our lifes. They also care for a whole other people. They spend everey year some of their garden grown food to a organisation who feeds homeless people. They care for my 92 year old aunt and my parents are both already above 70.
    So, because they are not online til today, this giveaway would be the greatest opperunity to connect them to the whole world and stay in contact with them even closer as nowadays.
    THX for the great giveaway.
    #Merry x-Mas to all#

  64. Three Kids + One Computer = Our home.
    Math was never my strongest subject but even I know that doesn’t add up.
    Our two sons are in Middle School and our daughter is in Elementary School and I am amazed how many things they have to TYPE, how much has to be researched online and how often my boys have projects to do.
    Both boys are in honors classes, so their class load is a lot more.
    Add to that my wife goes online too.
    Of course, I’ll take the older crappy computer and the kids will get the one ones… welcome to fatherhood! lol

  65. As a dad who tries to be a hero, I volunteer with an organization that allows all kinds of Moms and Dads to be heroes–both here in America and in one of the toughest places in the world. Mulberry International is the name of the charity that I would like to share some of these HP goods with. It is a mission to provide safe foster and adoptive homes for kids in the Crimea region of the Ukraine who just need a chance. Please take a look at http://mulberryinternational.org/ and see how worthy of an organization this is, and please allow us to use everything from the computers to the panda movie to help and encourage the organization in Louisville and the families over there. We really appreciate it, HP and Techmama!!!

  66. Well I am an Indian and an 18 years old student of BCA and I live in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. My mother runs Youth Welfare Society (BYWS). We have only a single computer at home. I use it for my studies and dad uses it for their work and mom uses it for the society work. Me and my mom are very enthusiast about the computers and things we can perform with it. Mom trains the students at society about the technical part and the basic softwares like MS Office, Paint, Development languages! and I do sometimes teach them about using email, social networking, photoshop, even blogging (so that they can make it as their career) and more. We also teach some other arts like dance, handicrafts, etc.
    Our society teaches the normal students of all caste and of all religions. Most of the students are from the poor and the middle class. We don’t engage students, we say those who are intrested can take some knowledge from us. And yes the main factor is we don’t the main factor is we don’t charge any fees for teaching!
    If we win this pack this will be beneficial for the society and we too. Me and mom will not have to wait for our turn at the home computers. The teens at the society will have more sources and computing power. As these high-end machine will be a part of our society, more students from near-by colonies will be attracted to our program.
    Teaching will be fun with these HP machines and even the students will have fun interacting with the latest technologies like touch screen, etc and thus improving their interest in learning computers.
    I know there are many in need worldwide but this computers can really help those who are really interested in becoming advanced computer users.
    So I nominate my mom for this contest! :)

  67. I am the Mom to three boys and Grandma to a 15 month old little boy. Everyone lives with me and we all use a four year old HP Media PC that is painfully hitching along these days. I attend college online full time, and I work full time and I absolutely need the PC for school. My middle son attends college and he also really needs a reliable PC for school. We have a big family and we would all benefit immensely from this prize package.
    If I won I would also share with three others. I would first of all donate the my old PC to the Salvation Army. There are many who would value ANY computer. I would donate a laptop to my local animal shelter. I know they would benefit very much from this. They operate on a shoestring budget to save hundreds of homeless and abused animals every year. I also want to give a laptop & the DVD’s to a woman named Colleen. She is in her late 50’s and her husband died two years ago and left her with no money. She can’t afford a PC and this would just change her life. Lastly, I would love to give some of this magic to my son’s friend Darryl. He was abused as a child and then got into some trouble as a teen. He has been trying to find a good job but having a lot of trouble, as are many these days. I wrote his resume for him, but he really could use a PC to help in the search and get himself together.
    I honestly could NEVER afford to buy these things, my husband and I support 7 people. We have a lot of love and would be thrilled to win and be able to “Share the Magic”.
    I wish everyone who enters lots of luck, I know all of you have wonderful plans for this prize and you are all more than worthy just for entering and showing your generosity. Happy Holidays!!

  68. My younger son moved in with me after coming back from Iraq serving in the Marine Corps and my older son, his pregnant wife and 2 1/2 yr old son are all moving in with me in January. Between us, we have 3 computers. 2 are pc’s about 7 yrs old and don’t work at all, one had coke spilled on the laptop and it doesn’t work at all, one laptop is from 2000 and can only be used for emails and another laptop got a virus and is kaput!
    So between all 4 adults, they are using my one pc in which the screen turns green, then red, then fucia, etc. freezes and is a mess. It’s in my bedroom which is turning out to be a gathering place!!! My younger son needs it to look for jobs and start college in January and my older son needs it because he is going to college full time and needs one every day.
    Naturally we don’t have the funds to buy 3 more computers or even one more so winning this prize would be absolutely fabulous. In fact, due to our finances we won’t be sharing gifts this Xmas but are so happy to be together! Please consider us for this gift so I can have my bedroom back!!!

  69. I am a parent of two college students and would like to nominate both of them. This equipment would definitely be very useful for them and would very much help out with some of the expenses. My son also belongs to a fraternity and the house sure could use some new equipment.
    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Holidays!

  70. I have been a stay at home mom for the last 10 years. I have recently gone back to work. I am working with a CPA who does about 40% of her work for non profits. She is a totally awesome woman who is doing her best to do what is best for our small town. She is very involved in everything. We are trying to go to a paperless office which would save our world. She works hours and hours and because she gives so much of her time away for free or at least reduced by half, she is barely making ends meet. She has hired three other moms that she is teaching accounting to so that she can grow her business. Her biggest problem is that she has 6 employees but only three computers. We are all fighting for our turn on the computer. She gives so much to others and I would like to give to her.

  71. I don’t feel that my story is heart warming, or one that is greater than any of the others on this site, however, my family, and extended family could greatly benefit from this package. See, I am a father of 3, and a software developer, and while I will from time to time develope software for a friend or cause at no charge, I don’t know that it would be considered a charity of any form. However, I would like to give one laptop to the mother of my children who is trying to become more organized, one laptop to her father, who as a carpenter would allow him to add some value to his services by keeping track of customer records, or even show his clients a bit of the “magic” he can work on wood in their homes. I would like to keep the touch computer, and one of the laptops for myself, since my work is on the computer, and a great deal of my time is spent in commute to and from work(6 hours a day). My brother would like to have the Media extender thing, and I am sure his son, and my children would benefit from the Kung fu panda DVD’s.

  72. Hi,
    I want to nominate my mom. My mom started having kids at 18 years old (not terribly young but young enough). She raised 4 kids (one from 5 to 18) and now she is raising my older brothers 2 kids. They were put into fostercare and then my mom got them and now she is their guardian. I have a lot of respect for her for doing this, her youngest was 17 at this point so she was practically done and now she has a 14 year old girl and 13 year old boy. My parents cant afford a computer so I know this will be appreciated.
    Thanks for your consideration.
    Kathy

  73. I am a mother first and foremost. I would be lost without my children. I am married to a wonderful man who is a diabled vetern. We have struggled to make it thru and give our children a good home. In 1998 we lost our dream home to a fire it was so devastating. Thank God no one was hurt. Things have not quite been the same since. We went from owners to renters and have not been able to change. Our life saving went into that home and in a matter of minutes it was gone. I have been recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, RA and MS. So I have been added to the disabled list. It is really going to hurt not being able to work and having to live on a very fixed income. I have a son who needs a laptop so badly for college classes. He has social disorders and going to a college or university is not feasible for him. He wants to get an online degree, but I can not afford to get him a computer and he can find enough work to make the extra money. It takes all he has to pay his day to day expenses. I also have a daughter that will be heading off to college next fall. This would so awesome to give her the start she needs. It is so hard to make it anything extra to make classes easier is such a tremendous help. I am so proud of my daughter for she has her own disablities and has rose above them. She is hearing impaired, while not totally she falls just above the level for assistance. She is completely deaf in one ear and has only 60% hearing in the other. She is one that falls thru the cracks with all the guidelines. She also has a friend at her school that has lost their home to a fire a few days ago. I would love to share this package with that family. I know their pain first hand. It is so sad anytime let alone thru the holiday season. With the disablities I have a computer would keep me in touch with family and friends when I am unable to walk. I also do alot of bill paying and appointment scheduling thru the internet. My computer is so old that it may not make it much longer. I have dsl but sometimes it’s like dial up with my dinasour. I am afraid that I will not be able to handle a key board at one point so the touch smart computer with a voice program would be so awesome. While I am not asking for some huge charity in my heart and life my needs are just as real. I hope to be considered it would be such a blessing to be able to give my kids a jumpstart in their adult lives. And to help a family rebuild a little part of theirs. Thank you for your time and for reading my comment.

  74. I have four daughters and four sons. Two of my daughters and two of my sons attend online colleges. They rely on our home computer to get work done. Unfortunately the home computer is always kept busy and they have to take turns using it. If we win, I will donate the netbook and our current PC to charity. We already have a working printer so I’ll donate the new printer to charity as well. The Kung Fu Panda DVD will be donated to the local library. The Microsoft Office 2007 software will go to a college student that needs it since we already have Microsoft Office 2007 software. My son will help geeks by writing a video review of each notebook and posting it on IT related forums (he will use the Corel software for editting the videos). The Touchsmart PC will be used as a family computer, the HP HDX will go to my sons for their college assignments and the geeky work they do, and the other HP laptop will go to my daughter for their college work.

  75. The Ronald McDonald House in my town is incredible. The staff there do a super job of making guests feel welcome, especially those who are low on funds or who are far from home or whose children are critically ill. It’s the kind of place where parents who arrive are allowed to do the most heroic thing in the world–to be there for their little one. I would love to donate a couple of the p.c.s to our local Ronald McDonald House, so that visitors could have a great place to blog from. http://www.rmhc.com/ is a great link to check it out at. Thank you!!!

  76. I am a 39 year old homemaker and home schooling mom with five kids ranging from age two to nineteen. My husband and teenage son are both very tech savvy and would love some new magical HP stuff this Christmas. My husband is a hard working cable guy who loves teaching himself computer graphics and deserves some nice new things for Christmas, but I can’t afford to get him much. I would love surprising him with this. I am also a member of a charity called The Box Project which matches members with a “sister family” living in rural poverty in the US. Members become a pen pal to their family and send them a box of useful things each month. I’d be more than happy to share parts of this prize with The Box Project headquarters depending on what they’d say they need!

  77. i would like to nominate my dad for this prize. Hes been really cool to me and put up with a lot of my crap this year. I don t have much money for Christmas and i know he wants a computer for doing work and making music. it would be he most awsome. If i could surprise him on Christmas.

  78. My kids are all growing up to fast, and almost 4 years ago my husband was paralyzed in an auto accident, and is now a quadriplegic, so not only do I have to raise the children almost alone, but I take care of my husband 100% of the time as well. this would make Christmas good for our entire family!

  79. My whole family (5 kids and mom-n-dad) could use most of these items. My eldest son is about to go off to college (God willing!) and will need a pc notebook. I need a new pc since mine is the oldest in the house. The items we wouldn’t need I would give to the younger kids’ elementary school. We live in a rural area and even with BoxTops, soup labels, etc. it’s never enough to make up for what their budget doesn’t cover. This year especially the school’s budget got cut drastically so they could really use any donations and I would happily comply :-)

  80. Well, I would like to win this not only for my husband and kids who would love it, but also because of how much help it can be for me at my job.
    I’m a doctor at a public hospital here in Argentina, and i see how all the medical staff, nurses and aid work hard to give everyone the health care they deserve. But supplies lack most of the times, and technology does every time. Be it to consult information on the web, keep record of patients or keep up with newsletters, i think this package would be really useful here, and i could donate part of it to stay at the hospital the whole time, where it’d be needed.
    Well, thank you and good luck to all.

  81. I’m a mother of a 4 years old girl. Right now I work as a fulltime marketing staff at a milk company, and my husband is also have a fulltime job. So we must put our daughter at a “penitipan anak” (some kind of children playground).
    I would like to win these prizes so I can share the prizes with:
    - The children playground, so the children can learn more about technology
    - An only girl orphanage
    - My niece with her parent can use the notebook
    - My husband can use the HDX for his work
    - I can bring HP Mininote when I going to the customer

  82. I am a stay-at-home mom (not by choice – I lost my job over a year ago and have been unable to find work since – very much a mixed blessing) to an active 1 year old boy and a sweet 1 year old girl whose adoption will be finalized later next year. I would love to be able to give the satellite office of my foster agency a new computer – their equipment is so old. I would also really love to give a computer to both my daughter’s sister who is in long term foster care and her brother, who is also in long term foster care in another home. We don’t have the resources to provide for all three children (her sister has a toddler son), but I would love for them to have a computer they could have access to consistently, which neither have currently. It would also be really wonderful because we’re all working toward a family connection between my daughter and both her siblings, and the computers would facilitate that connection. The software and movies would be distributed evenly between the two siblings.

  83. I am a single, disabled mom, living on social security only, with two sons about to start college. I have had to have my neck rebuilt, and my lower back is inoperable at this time, so the disc degeneration is taking it’s toll on me. I also have heart problems, fibromyalgia, myofascia, and have developed severe social anxiety due to the illnesses and how I always feel. I used to teach the severely disabled and now I am on my way to being one of them. We also had to move into a two bedroom trailer from a wonderful house with land. My sons have been subjected to a lot due to my problems.
    I would dearly love to help out my sons with their college needs; and this would go a long way to help them. We would keep the desk top here at home to share with the printer, and each boy could have a laptop for school and work with programming. I, of course, would let them help in all decisions regarding who gets what.
    The last laptop I would like to give to my ex husband, who has lost his house and job due to the economy. He did find a factory job at minimal pay, and that one is about to close too. He is currently sleeping on my sofa here until he ever gets back on his feet. But I would like him to be able to keep in touch with the boys online too, and he doesn’t have a computer.
    The child’s software I would love to donate to the children’s wing of the hospital for the poor kids there to enjoy, along with whatever else was not going to be used to better the future outlook of my sons.
    I do not know how else I will ever be able to get technology for my sons college and work needs other than a wonderful contest like this. Thank you HP and techmamas for this chance.

  84. Beth – My full nomination with embedded videos is posted on my site at http://www.xiaolinmama.com/2008/12/techmamas-hp-magic-giveaway-my-nomination-akemi-and-pact.html
    I can’t seem to embed this in a comment – yikes! Here is the text. BTW-Thanks for doing this!
    -sheila
    Community Organizers got a bad wrap this past election cycle. But we all know that organizers are the ones who work for little pay and behind the scenes to make big things happen. In Silicon Valley – the land of plenty, there are many that live in the shadow of the venture capitalists, Steve Jobs types and internet gurus. They are the ones who clear dishes at restaurants, provide janitorial services, stock our grocery store shelves and teach our children.
    I am nominating my friend Akemi Flynn for this honor because she is a community organizer – both formally and informally. The organization she works for is People Acting In Community Together (PACT). Yesterday, I had the honor of attending a fundraiser and was moved to tears by this video. Akemi and PACT work to ensure that everyday people lead the change they need, like health care and safe after-school programs. Her organization is on the front lines of fighting for quality education for students in East San Jose. They recently led the ONLY local summit to help our elected officials see how home foreclosures are affecting people in Silicon Valley. They give regular folks the tools to advocate for themselves – to take power and to have the confidence to make change. Akemi, PACT and the leaders they organize are a vision to behold. I promise you would be blown away!
    How would they use the HP Magic package? Personally, I would keep the HP Mini (this mama needs a new laptop) and I’d donate the rest of the package to Akemi and PACT. They have a plan to create a team of community bloggers, who will write the stories of Silicon Valley’s neediest. They will train grandparents, monolingual spanish speakers and youth to gather the stories and move people to action. Again – real people telling their stories and engaging others to be part of their movement . These tools are vital in helping them kick start this effort.
    On another note, Akemi teaches sunday school at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple. She is also a First 5 commissioner, where she volunteers tirelessly to make sure that all kids in Silicon Valley under the age of 5 have access to the resources they need to grow up healthy. Most importantly, she is a mother who tries to keep it together. She is not perfect. She forgets to eat lunch, she picks up take out for dinner and sometimes doesn’t put her laptop away when she should. But we (her family and friends) love her. Our community is lucky to have her working behind the scenes. She is a true hero and she works with hundreds of other folks to see that they are heroes too.

  85. I would love to nominate my friend Denise, a few years ago her husband died in an auto accident and left behind her – 3 boys and 1 girl. She works 2 jobs and still has many problems making ends meet.
    Occasionally I will surprise her with groceries and when her only desktop broke I took it, spent 70 dollars on a new graphics card/installed it myself and it still barely runs; probably because its around 8 years old.
    I do whatever I can for her and her family even though I live paycheck to paycheck myself. Its is totally worth it to see the look on her face and knowing I can make a difference in her life in some way.
    If I would be so lucky as to win this contest I would give Denise and her children part of this amazing package, she is an amazing caring friend and completely deserves this.
    Another part of the HP Magic package I would love to donate to Shands Children’s hospital in Gainesville FL to brighten someone’s day because giving is so much better than receiving.
    The remaining portion I will donate to my daughter’s school because they are very short on computers and an extremely poor school. The teachers are amazing and end up spending their own money on items for the classroom so this would certainly help.
    This is such an amazing contest!

  86. I am 78 years young and have been a teacher all of my life. My wife was also a teacher. Two of my sons are also teachers.
    I want to give one laptop to my eldest son.He is at the moment struggling with his job. He is using an old pc that spends more time on repairs.
    I and my wife whose age is 65 years, are not comfortable with the present keyboard and mouse. Besides, the 15 inch display takes a great toll on our eyesight. My wife is a diabetic and hence has problems with her eyes.So for us the touchsmart pc will be fine. Also, we can watch dvds and listen to music.
    I will give away the mini to the college where I worked for 25 years.
    I will keep the printer.
    I will give away the other laptop to my daughter.

  87. I am a mother to three sons and one daughter. I am more than 60 years old.
    I worked as a teacher till my retirement.
    I am good at words but it is only after the retirement that I am able to give time to this end.
    With diabetes and hypertension and other problems associated with old age, I am not in a position to use the old computer that a son of mine has kept in the home. The touchscreen pc can do wonders. I plan to have speech recognition software installed on the pc so that my fingers get a rest. I need the printer too.
    For the rest of the goodies, I plan to give it to my children. What is more than satisfying than to see happiness on the faces of those you love the most. I can live with the tag of being branded selfish since I have not chosen any school or charity.

  88. There is an organization in my town that helps scared or poor and sometimes homeless-or-hopeless-or-helpless women who find themselves pregnant. It offers free ultrasounds, counseling, and options to help them figure out how they can provide for their unborn baby, or give him/her up for adoption into a loving family. It is an incredible organization, and always has needs, and so I would really really really like to give a couple of the computers to the Assurance Pregnancy Care Center: http://www.assurancecare.org/

  89. I’m a homeschool mom of three. While I could use some of these items to update our homeschooling experience, I would like to give most of the items to another homeschool mom. My friend Juley has 9 kids that she homeschools! I’m tired just thinking about that! Every time I see her she is smiling and her children are happy. She does a super job and her kids are very smart, articulate and mature. I would like to bless her with this gift! This would allow her to use technology to aid her teaching. At this time she doesn’t even own a computer! Every dime of their one income goes toward the every day expenses of raising 9 kids. It would feel so good to be able to share this amazing prize! I want to make her smile again….even bigger than usual!

  90. First – I am not a Mama, but a Dada :)
    Coming from a small village in India, I have many options to share all these Christmas goodies, if I get lucky enough to win this competition!
    Being one of the lucky ones to get a good formal education (the state-run schools/colleges in our state in India are of good quality), I am now here, as one among the Geeks..
    Some of my friends, my old school, even my sisters have not even seen a PC! A bit greedy myself, I would keep the HP mini for myself, will gift the kungfu pandas to my daughter and the rest I would distribute to my school and the school where my sister teaches now..

  91. I am entering this contest as a mom who would like to give part of this gift to a friend who recently became a single mom of 6 kids. She am in desperate need of a job to support her family, and she do not have a reliable computer to do things such as print resume’s, apply for jobs online…. etc.
    Her children are what mean the most to her, and I would like to help her be the best mom she can. I would give her the most basic model, and the rest I would send to a Missionary Family in Africa. They could really use some updated technology, and a “lift of spirits” this season. (she is also a mom of 4 kids, and raised them all in Africa, homeschooled, and had one child pass away…)
    both of these moms are heroes to me… And they both deserve a little extra this season…

  92. My wife Lisa is a hero in every way. Three years ago, with an 18-month-old baby, she gave birth to quadruplets, almost losing her life in the process. They were born three months early, all under two pounds, and over the course of four months in the neonatal intensive care unit, we ended up losing one daughter to the mrsa infection, while the other three were able (finally) to come home without any oxygen or monitors. During their entire hospital stay and through the grieving process, Lisa provided them milk (both personally, and through pumping literally around the clock). After they came home, Lisa figured out their schedules, physical and occupational therapies, and much much more. She is an incredible mother. Within a few months after losing our daughter, she helped to start a non-profit organization in Emily’s memory, called Project Seahorse (named after the stuffed animal always with Emily during her short life). See http://www.projectseahorse.net . As part of the organization, we go at least once a month to visit families with premature babies, and to give them a packet of items to encourage them, and to assure them that they can get through the experience, and that their baby is in God’s hands, and that they are not going through it alone. If we were to win the HP Giveaway here, we would use at least one of the computers for Project Seahorse, to help weary families process pictures and videos of their baby, and to provide them with a nice slideshow of their child. The other hardware and software we would give away to some of our favorite charities or schools (the college we went to, the NICU unit where our babies were, and a few others). Thank you for doing this–it’s pretty incredible, and a reminder of the giving spirit that was there at the first Christmas!

  93. I am mom to 6 boys ranging in age from 13 down to 2 year old twins. I would love to give much of this package to them!
    Our 13 year old has great difficulty in school and has been in desperate need of a computer for himself but we cannot afford one. The other boys could use a computer for education as well! We are really struggling to pull off Christmas for the boys this year and it’s unfortunate since they are truly great kids!
    I am a stay at home mom who loves to blog (www.afroginmysoup.com) and bless other moms with blogs too when I can! Making sure I have the best and most reliable technology available to continue to do this would be wonderful!
    In addition to all of that, I would truly love to bless the NICU where my twins spent their first two weeks of life. When you have a child in the NICU it can be a very isolated and lonely experience, having access to a computer where you can connect to other parents, family, etc is HUGE!

  94. I am mommy of more than a quiver of children. One of them has autism. He could not speak, nor communicate in any way past age 3. I had already done things to force bonding with him and to get him to interact with me, but felt hopeless to help him speak or direct us to his needs.
    He was so angry, in constant meltdowns because he could not communicate effectively with us. I began to research and found that stroke patients could create a new language center in the other half of their brain and learn to speak again. Non-verbal autistic children tend to have an underdeveloped language center in the half of their brain where it resides. I reasoned that an autistic child should be able to create a new language center in the other half of their brain as well.
    I was struggling financially so I created all my own materials to use with my son via my computer. One of my pet peeves is that all these so called autism societies charge an arm and a leg for materials to help autistic children. If they really cared about our children, would they charge us so much? Autism has become a way for many to turn a huge profit off our desire to help our children. But they could not get blood out of a turnip, thus…
    I made up picture cards, sign language cards, etc. I worked one on one with my son teaching him to sign and use picture cards to communicate his needs in my spare time, as I also worked from home full-time. I would put my son’s hands on my mouth as I enunciated and on my throat so he could feel the vibrations, hoping he would understand to try to control his mouth and throat to make sounds as well. I put him on a nutritious diet rich in unprocessed foods.
    Very quickly, my son began to speak. I was amazed at how much he knew but could not communicate. An entire library of knowledge was locked inside a very frustrated boy. Now with his ability to speak, the meltdowns diminished. He has learned to communicate his frustrations with words. I still have to work with him on his speech daily to enunciate clearly.
    Thus my #1 desire is to help other parents acquire materials free of charge to help their autistic children. I would like to develop more materials and make them available online. I think so many parents would be willing to do more if they believed they could be effective and could get some training and materials free of charge.
    Unfortunately, the struggles of autism often brings out the weakness in one of the parents who will abandon the home and leave the other parent with the entire responsibility. A single parent cannot afford materials in most cases. I want to help!
    Also, I would like to use some of the computers to help our local, public college prep school: Buckingham Charter Magnet High School’s Parent Advisory Council. The school has been awarded both the highest state and national awards for academic excellence as you can view on the first page of their website. This high school specializes in technology, as has been praised by news agencies. Every year we do a film festival based on the talents of our students art and technology skills.
    We have a need to do more grant writing in an attempt to acquire our own campus. Right now the high school children are in a business complex and our local school board does not view our school favorably because it is chartered. It is the highest scoring school in the district, you would think they would support us. So most of the responsibility for getting a campus falls onto the parents to find sources for funding.
    I am working with the advocacy committee portion of the Parent Advisory Council. I help communicate with our elected officials, as well as learning to do the grant writing. This is an AMAZING group of motivated youth that I would LOVE to see have their own campus like most high school children.
    These are the two places I would start. Helping parents of children with autism improve and helping our motivated youth acquire a high school campus!
    I will feel immensely blessed if you help me to make these dreams become reality with the tools to succeed. Thank you for considering my dreams and blessings to you.

  95. I am a father and am active in a football nursery for children for my home town. I’d definitely not be able to afford all this and I thought I’d try entering. If I win I’ll definitely not keep all of to myself. Each year I give something to a charity event which happens yearly here in Malta. If I win I guess they’ll receive something more from me this year.

  96. I would use this to help out non-custodial fathers. Fathers need help navigating the court system, and it’s many faults. A good web page that I’m a member of is www dot acfc dot org.

  97. I would like to enter this contest for my husband, who truly is a Hero Dad. We are a military family, and my husband will be deploying to Afghanistan the day after Christmas. We are thankful he will be here for Christmas, but are not looking forward to his deployment. We would keep one computer for my girls and I here at home and then have one for him to take to Afghanistan. We would really enjoy being able to give away some of the wonderful products HP is giving away. We would do this through both our church here on Post and possibly by my husband taking some to give away in Afghanistan. Thank you!

  98. We are a military family with 3 boys. One graduating High School, 1 is aa budding match and science geek and a 19 month old. I aam a work from home mom, trying to start up my own business, plus manage the house and share my PC with everyone else here aat home. I have blogged about how this would help us as well as the school our middle son attends if we were to win. This is such a great gift, and will help tose luck enough to win.

  99. When I found out about the contest I was so excited. First thing that comes out in my mind are the kids in my area. I live in Island Garden City of Samal, a 20-minute boat ride from Davao City. The kids studied in a public school where in one classroom it occupies 50-60 pupils with one teacher. One time when these kids visited my house they saw my personal computer and were so excited to manipulate it. I started to ask them if they saw one and replied pessimistically. I felt sorry for them and I realized that the school does not offer such equipments to their students. You see the government cannot provide computers or any hi-tech equipments to all public schools in the island because of the limited budget provided. Our city is classified as a fifth class city. When my friend told me about the contest, I knew right there and then who I wanted to share this luxurious stuffs – the school where the kids studied. I want them to experience the wonders of computers, the knowledge it can offer and the joy it brings.

  100. I’m a single mom living so far below the poverty level that poor looks rich to me! LOL (That’s one of my little jokes :) ) I blogged about this contest for other entries, so I’ll share that here as well:

    Basically, two of those computers would go to me and my son. I homeschool him, so having his own computer would help tremendously. And replacing my sort-of-works-when-it-wants-to computer would help to get me more work (I work at home, in addition to homeschooling) and would also help me to start the housing foundation that I want to start for helping low-income families in the area buy affordable homes.
    Also, one of those would go to my [ex] Husband’s girlfriend, so she can go back to school through distance learning!

  101. My name is Desirae and I am a mom of an amazing one year old boy. If I were to win this amazing giveaway, I would love to share it a few different ways.
    First, I would like to share one of the computers with a group of soldiers that have been deployed and are not able to communicate with their families during this holiday season. I think if they could use a webcam to see thier families it would make this holiday season very special. I can’t even imagine what they go through on a daily basis let alone being apart during the holidays.
    Second I would like to share one of the computers with my parents. They own their own business and are the hardest working people I know. They worked hard to put me through college and this would be a small way for me to pay them back just a little bit. I would like them to have one of the computers so that I can share more pictures and home videos of my son with them. Not too mention, it would help them enjoy their hobbies more.
    I, of course, would love this package, specifically the Touchsmart. I am starting to scrapbook and it looks like an amazing tool.

  102. I am a single mother of three precious children. As a single mother I know the hard times and headaches not having a “father figure” causes. If I win this contest I will keep the HP Mini and TouchSmart for my family. The rest I will be donating to a local single mother’s program. I have been blessed enough to have the support and unconditional love of my family to get me through the tough times, not everyone is so lucky.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  103. How appropriate that Christmas, magic and technology are all wrapped up together in this opportunity!
    My son is 7 years old, autistic, and essentially nonverbal.. After many months of hard work, he learned how to click a mouse because he was so motivated to play various Elmo games on the Sesame Street website. His learning has jumped leaps and bounds with the aid of technology. While he is still developmentally delayed, he has come very far, very fast!
    If we were awarded this package, I would donate one third to his public school classroom. Although there is an ancient PC in his room, it has a DVD permanently jammed in the drive and is essentially on its last legs. I would donate the second third to the North Shore ARC which offers support services and training to developmentally disabled children and adults, and hosts the Massachusetts Autism Network. The final third would be for my son to continue to expand his horizons through educational software such as TeachTown and HeadSprout which collect data and develop learning sessions that are challenging and appropriate for his intellectual abilities.
    Thank you – happy holidays everyone! I hope HP Santa puts something under everyone’s tree!

  104. Hey gang,
    I’m Mike, I don’t have an ultra amazing awe inspiring story, sorry. I’m just good ol’ father Mike. Mike the hero to my son. I’ll be completely honest, because the truth shall set you free, right? If I win this contest I will be keeping most of the contents, mostly three of the computers and the printer. Why you may ask? Because I have a really outdated computer right now, and my wife has been bugging me for a new computer so nothing beats free.

  105. I am a working mom, who teaches visually impaired high school students. One young legally blind woman who recently graduated, phoned me hesitantly to ask if I knew of any one who could help her get a laptop. She had hoped to attend a local college. She is not able to see to read a traditional computer monitor. I would share one of the laptops, printer and software with her. Whichever laptop has the larger screen is the one that I would give to her. I would seek help from the local Lions Club to fund the adaptive access software called ZoomTextExtra which enlarges and speaks whatever is shown on the screen. She would use the wireless capabilities of the laptop at the local library to research colleges and scholarships. When she phoned the GA411 scholarship assistance they referred her to their website, since information was too lengthy to relay over the phone. No computer meant no way to research her possible funding options.
    Although she is quite capable, she has delayed attending college until her family is financially stable. Her stepfather was recently disabled and is unable to work. She is job hunting in the meanwhile. I would like HP’s giveaway to provide a little bit of hope for the future.
    Personally, I would like to use the mini computer while I wait daily for my son in the carpool line. After completing my teaching day, I sit in the car for 40 minutes or so each day. My traditional laptop is too large to set-up against the steering wheel. The time seems such a luxury for interrupted task completion, but the awkwardness of positioning in the car has limited how I can efficiently use that time.
    Additionally, the laptop would allow me to access some of the software/websites that are blocked on the local school’s laptop. The system wants to deter students from wasting their academic time. I want to understand how to efficiently use facebook, youtube etc. with the access software that I teach for blind and low vision students. Some of the networking sites are not intuitive if you are unable to “see” the screen. I would use the laptop to generate a list of keyboard shortcuts for the accessible portions of some of the “appropriate” student use sites.
    Help a multi-tasking mom, in addition to my deserving student, with a vote to provide the HP system.

  106. first off, thank you techmamas and HP for this wonderful opportunity :)
    I am a struggling teacher-mom-wife. Quite the handfull if you ask me. I will put the technology to good use because if I win I will make the most of it. I will only keep ONE of the laptops and the rest will be donated to the school where I teach.. we need all the help we can get, believe me!

  107. I have already started on the contacting the media task. They are pulling for us, as we entering each and every contest out there. The media source is eltiempo, a colombian newspaper.
    I will donate a laptop, the printer, the touchsmart and the movies to a local school for children with learning disabilities.

  108. I am a working mom, who teaches visually impaired high school students. One young legally blind woman who recently graduated, phoned me hesitantly to ask if I knew of any one who could help her get a laptop. She had hoped to attend a local college. She is not able to see to read a traditional computer monitor. I would share one of the laptops, printer and software with her. Whichever laptop has the larger screen is the one that I would give to her. I would seek help from the local Lions Club to fund the adaptive access software called ZoomTextExtra which enlarges and speaks whatever is shown on the screen. She would use the wireless capabilities of the laptop at the local library to research colleges and scholarships. When she phoned the GA411 scholarship assistance they referred her to their website, since information was too lengthy to relay over the phone. No computer meant no way to research her possible funding options.
    Although she is quite capable, she has delayed attending college until her family is financially stable. Her stepfather was recently disabled and is unable to work. She is job hunting in the meanwhile. I would like HP’s giveaway to provide a little bit of hope for the future.
    Personally, I would like to use the mini computer while I wait daily for my son in the carpool line. After completing my teaching day, I sit in the car for 40 minutes or so each day. My traditional laptop is too large to set-up against the steering wheel. The time seems such a luxury for interrupted task completion, but the awkwardness of positioning in the car has limited how I can efficiently use that time.
    Additionally, the laptop would allow me to access some of the software/websites that are blocked on the local school’s laptop. The system wants to deter students from wasting their academic time. I want to understand how to efficiently use facebook, youtube etc. with the access software that I teach for blind and low vision students. Some of the networking sites are not intuitive if you are unable to “see” the screen. I would use the laptop to generate a list of keyboard shortcuts for the accessible portions of some of the “appropriate” student use sites.
    Help a multi-tasking mom, in addition to my deserving student, with a vote to provide the HP system.

  109. I work in education with primary school children aged 3-11 years. I would like to use this amazing equipment to enhance the children’s learning by introducing these new technologies such as the media centre and touchsmart computer. At the moment our ICT budget is extremely limited, with no real funding, therefore most equipment is worn and dated, and we come from a school where products like this are only a dream. If I win, I will be donating every single product to the school (I will be able to use them as well) where everyone will be able to use them to the full, this is including the children, members of staff, members of the local community and myself (I am the ICT Technician). Using this hardware will make learning more exciting. I believe a child’s education is the most important thing, the more way’s we have to enhance their learning the better, products like the touchsmart can help us introduce new ways of learning.

  110. As a dad who tries to be a hero, I volunteer with an organization that allows all kinds of Moms and Dads to be heroes–both here in America and in one of the toughest places in the world. Mulberry International is the name of the charity that I would like to share some of these HP goods with. It is a mission to provide safe foster and adoptive homes for kids in the Crimea region of the Ukraine who just need a chance. Please take a look at http://mulberryinternational.org/ and see how worthy of an organization this is, and please allow us to use everything from the computers to the panda movie to help and encourage the organization in Louisville and the families over there. We really appreciate it, HP and Techmama!!!

  111. The first person I plan to give a computer is, my cousin he is 12 years old and live in a under privilege house hold. Him and his mother lives in a church board now. He has expressed to me how he wants to work with computers when he grows up. The second person I would give the media center to my uncle because he has been the only father figure in my life. The third computer would go to a local food bank that me and my mother have played a major role in for the last few years. I know that they can use the computer to help out on organizing paper work and processing the families that apply for home delivery of foods when they are unable to get a ride. Lastly, one computer will go to me. I am Senior high school and I have found a love of technology and the Internet. Some of things I plan to use it for is to start tech blog with video tutorials and of course use it for college.

  112. I deserve to win this prize because I´m a dad that will share it with my family and donate part of it to a charity.
    If I win this contest I will keep the desktop, printer and DVDs (for my 2 sons).
    The other prizes I will donate:
    The notebook (HDX 18) to my sister because the distance is far, and she doesn´t have a computer.
    The notebook (Pavilion), my old printer, and other hardware to the CASF (Casa Sagrada Família – Sacred Family House, an non-government institution that takes care about poor children infected with HIV/AIDS)

  113. I will donate half of the contest’s winnings to a local charity or school. I have several in mind.
    I want to thank you so much for suggesting that people might think about donating computers to schools. Even if I don’t win, I hope these computers wind up in the hands of kids who might otherwise be left behind.

  114. I am married with a five-month old son that I plan on using some of this expensive equipment to home school with. I can not afford most of this equipment, so winning it would be a blessing for me and my friend I will be sharing with. My friend currently home schools his 4 kids and he just starting taking online classes so he will be getting all of the equipment except 2 computers for me and my wife. He currently is doing the home schooling and going to school so it makes sense to me to give him most of the prize package!!

  115. I am a MOM! I went through 10 years of college, in which, I had 4 children and divorced from my husband. I have struggled financially throughout those years to provide for my children and still achieve my goal of finishing college. I just finished earlier this year and am yet to find a job. We live in a very small town with little job opportunities. I would love to have one, just one, of these computers for myself, and the others I would share with the local children’s homes. If they were not to need them, I would search through my church family and throughout the community to find families who do need these great gifts! I love to give to others and I, myself, have been extremely blessed to have friends and family who have helped me through the most difficult years of my life! Thank you for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! I would love to win and share it with my community!

  116. My oldest son is in 2nd grade and is attending a French immersion charter school. Each year, the school struggles to meet its budgetary needs while providing programs that will help the children grow and progress. This year, the school started a robotics program using Lego Mindstorms. There was enough money in the budget for the Legos, but they require a computer to program them to do their tasks, and there was no money in the budget for one. I would love to be able to donate the laptops to the school’s robotics program and give them the opportunity to really get the robotics program off the ground.

  117. Deciding whom and what to share the magic with was easy: My dad and I would share the HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC! He loves computers and technology as much as I do, however, I would never make the leap of calling him a techie. My dad spends lots of time on his email. It’s his “time”. He gets lots of spam, and he actually enjoys it. (Go figure!) The touchsmart computer would go to my cousins, the mini would go to my sister, and the rest will be donated :)

  118. As a mom of 12, with nine still at home being homeschooled, I can honestly say we could use all the equipment. However, there are a couple of charities that I would like to donate some of the equipment to as well. One is dedicated to helping children with special needs, and was born of a need they experience daily with their autistic child. I would want one of the computers to help connect my husband back to us. He is currently thousands of miles across the country working while we wait for our house to sell. I have written more in depth about my hopes and aspirations for sharing the Magic at my blog http://luvmy12kids.blogspot.com And yes, I am ‘real’. They are all ours. And you can find pictures if you dig deep enough into the archives. Thanks for the opporunity to win. I am writing quickly as my time is expiring so please check out my blog for a more fleshed out post.

  119. Since my time ‘officially ran out while I was having technical difficulties, I am hoping this entry will count.
    I am a mom of 12, nine of whom still live at home. We homeschool so computers would be very helpful at our house. At my blog I posted about how I would share the Magic with Jacob’s Hope, a local non profit that focuses on helping special needs children. It was born out of a need in their own family as they have an autistic child.
    My husband relocated for his job recently and is thousands of miles away. I am very thankful that we have all our needs met, and that we are managing to support two households while we wait for our house to sell. It is still difficult with him being so far away, and he is without a computer. It would ease our loneliness if we had a webcam to visit instead of just talk on the phone. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit my blog and see that we are indeed real. We are not a blended family -they are all ours together. We are real, and though different, not all *that* strange.
    I think this is an awesome contest, and I think everyone ends up a winner. How? By thinking beyond themselves and their families and focusing on how they can pay it forward by sharing with others. I don’t evny the bloggers who had to devise their own rules and choose their winner. I have enjoyed reading the different blogs and innovative rules.

  120. Since my time ‘officially ran out while I was having technical difficulties, I am hoping this entry will count.
    I am a mom of 12, nine of whom still live at home. We homeschool so computers would be very helpful at our house. At my blog I posted about how I would share the Magic with Jacob’s Hope, a local non profit that focuses on helping special needs children. It was born out of a need in their own family as they have an autistic child.
    My husband relocated for his job recently and is thousands of miles away. I am very thankful that we have all our needs met, and that we are managing to support two households while we wait for our house to sell. It is still difficult with him being so far away, and he is without a computer. It would ease our loneliness if we had a webcam to visit instead of just talk on the phone. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit my blog and see that we are indeed real. We are not a blended family -they are all ours together. We are real, and though different, not all *that* strange.
    I think this is an awesome contest, and I think everyone ends up a winner. How? By thinking beyond themselves and their families and focusing on how they can pay it forward by sharing with others. I don’t evny the bloggers who had to devise their own rules and choose their winner. I have enjoyed reading the different blogs and innovative rules.

  121. I am a mom who has watched my only daughter sacrifice so much to help me during my two battles with cancer, she had to put off school for a year, she lost her job because her employer refused to let her out for my surgeries and medical appointments, and again found herself downsized this holiday season because her company folded. I know she is down about it and she is trying to go to job fairs which means she needs to churn out resumes and cover letters and try to find a way to shine even when she least feels up to it on equipment that saying it’s ‘out of date’ is a severe understatement. There is no way I could afford to do this for her. And I know she wants the Touchsmart, I just can’t do it, I’m in medical debt up to my eyeballs. My daughter has an amazing heart and when my health was stronger we would volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in NYC which provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. It’s a cause very dear to our hearts, and I know she would want a part of this phenomenal prize to go there. I would love TechMamas help playing Santa this year!

  122. Soy un chico idealista que vive en lo que se conoce como Tercer Mundo, Argentina, Tucumán.
    Amo la Libertad y sé los que son las carencias. Realmente, creo, que si no puedo cambiarlo que renovaré el mundo. Y realmente les digo que estoy empezando por casa, por mi habitación y por mi mente. Nunca he sido un hipócrita.
    Nací en este suelo del que todavía no soy dueño pues alquilo una casa. Mi madre cuida a dos niños por la mañana. Yo estudio Psicología y éste y el anterior año fueron los más difíciles de mi vida: estoy aprendiendo a dar un uso creativo a mi frustración de a veces.
    Sinceramente, no creo merecer el premio más que cualquiera que escriba un comentario o visite esta página. Soy sólo un muchacho plagado de ideales.
    ¡Saludos!

  123. Hi! :)
    I would certainly make use of this wonderful giveaway. Just having one of those notebooks to be on the net from the couch or easy chair or yes from the Bed..when I just cant get up and out sounds like its own slice of heaven.
    Thanx!

  124. My wife and I can’t have kids, but if I was to win this package, I would love, love, love to win this for an orphanage in my area. We’ve thought of adopting kids in the future, so I’m a huge advocate for children who didn’t grow up with parents or are less fortunate that most of us. I didn’t grow up with much myself, but at least I had my parents and my siblings and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Please help me make it a special Christmas for less fortunate children this holiday season. If I’m picked I will donate the package to orphan teens who can’t afford a computer. Times are tough for most of us, so imagine how much worse it is for them.

  125. First of all thank you techmamas and HP for this wonderful contest and it is an honor to enter this spectacular giveaway. I have a large family, and they’re all parents (except me). I would like to nominate my sister Crystal, Vicky, Yvette, and Rosy (who’s giving birth to a baby boy as I write this!). This gals have all struggled with so many things in life. Two of them are single moms and two have husbands, but like most moms they all have to juggle careers, family, and so many other things.1 of my sisters want’s to enter college next year and this would be great for her, and my other sis is currently looking for a job and is realizing how powerful the internet can be when looking for a job. It’s hard to be raised in a family of ten. Hey we never had the luxury of computers when we were kids we barely had toy’s and that’s beacause our relatives would make our x-mas possible. We were not brought up with technology or luxury we were brought up the old way like any normal kid. Of all my sisters i am the only one with computer HP btw,i share my computer with my sisters even my little nieces the oldest being 13, wow kids nowadays are very tech savy. It be nice to give my sis each a computer for them to have a special wooooow gift this x-mas they have never had a computer of their own before.Don’t get me wrong they all know how to use a computer and having one nowadays is a necessity. The problem is that they can’t afford to buy one at this moment and this is a great opportunity for them win. And if i were to make someone happy this X_MAS it would be them!!!!!Love ya sisters i don’t mind sharing my computer with you all but hey it be nice for you all to WIN…. Good Luck Everyone!
    Thank You Tech Mamas
    Mary