Harlan County Woman Needs Your Help To Win Nationwide Contest

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

A Harlan County woman is up for a national award and needs your help to win it. 23 year old Tracy Eldridge was named one of five semi-finalists statewide, in the Volvo For Life Hometown Hero Contest.

You can warm someone up from the outside with say, a winter coat to protect against the elements. Or you can warm someone up from the inside with a giving spirit to those less fortunate. Friends say for soft spoken 23 year old Tracy Eldridge, warmth just comes naturally.

"It just makes me feel wonderful when I see them out in the snow, or when they're cold, just being warm because of us," Tracy said.

In its seventh year, her program, Coats For Kids, now passes out more than 70 new coats to children each year through donations and bake sales, but helping others is nothing new to Eldridge.

"Tracy has always been such a caring person, even when she was a little bitty thing," said Tracy's mother Sharon Kennedy.

"That's hard to believe, because most kids don't do things like that. We are so proud of her," said Jenny Saylor.

Tracy's mother remembers stories of her emptying her own piggy bank, and donating her allowance, clothes, and toys to those in need. That's why, without Tracy's knowledge, she submitted an application for her in the Hometown Heroes contest.

"They called me and said you're a finalist for the Volvo For Life, and I said what? I had no idea," Tracy said.

"I thought if Tracy won that, she can buy a whole lot of coats," Sharon said.

So that's why Tracy needs your help now to vote for her on the Volvo For Life website. Tracy needs lots of votes from people around the region to win this award and give back to the community. You can vote for Tracy by logging on to: http://www.volvoforlifeawards.com/cgi-bin/iowa/english/vote/index.html#search.

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