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MyWhy Winner Using $25,000 Prize for Childcare Expenses

Contributed by: Heath Combs

Congratulations to our third MyWhy contest winner: expectant mother Amber Barnes who hails from Gibsonville, N.C.

The MyWhy contest asked Triad residents to tell Truliant the ways they would use $25,000 to improve their lives. For Barnes, her MyWhy was easy.

Barnes is about six months pregnant with a daughter, who will be named Sofia Lynn and whom is her first child. Our MyWhy panel was touched by the ultrasound photo submitted of Barnes’s new baby girl.

Barnes entry via Instagram said: “I would love the chance to be able to buy a reliable vehicle and put a down payment on a house. With $25,000 I would also be able to secure a future for her by starting a savings account for her. She is already the love of my life and deserves the world.”

Many could relate to her why: using the funds to help afford better transportation and a down payment on a house. Barnes said better transportation will make first-year office visits more convenient.

The costs of raising a child are daunting. A U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows that a middle-income family can expect to spend over $245,000 in child-rearing expenses up to age 18. Just the median cost to purchase a home in North Carolina is $147,300. The average price for a mobile home in the southeast is about $50,000.

Barnes’s dream is to own a two-bedroom home.  The first thing she plans to buy is a dresser.

“We have clothes and clothes but we have nowhere to put them,” Barnes said. “I know that seems small but I’m so excited to have a dresser for her.”

Congratulations Amber! 


For information, contact
Heath Combs
[email protected]
(o) 336.293.2054 (c) 336.442.5736


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