Store’s contest for charity recognizes a mother’s inspiration from son lost

Jenn Meyer has a chance to help disadvantaged children and honor the short life of her son this Christmas.

The 34-year-old Grand Junction mom is one of 15 finalists nationwide in Kohl’s Love to Give, Happy to Save contest. The finalist who receives the most votes on Kohl’s Facebook.com page Dec. 16-23 will win a $25,000 donation to Toys for Tots or Feeding America—Meyer chose Toys for Tots as her charity of choice—and a $2,500 gift card to Kohl’s. The runner-up gets a $15,000 donation and a $1,500 gift card, and the person who places third will earn a $10,000 donation and a $1,000 gift card.

Meyer saw an advertisement for the contest on the Kohl’s website late last month. She said she felt compelled to enter when she saw the question that all contest entrants had to answer: What, or who, inspires you to give?

For Meyer, that person is her late son, Will, who was born April 26, 2010, at St. Mary’s Hospital with a pinched aortic arch in his heart and a rare neurological condition that rushed blood to his heart. He died two days later.

Giving to others helped Meyer and her husband, Dan, get through the difficult loss of their son. They used money placed into an account for Will and some of their own money to make a $10,000 donation in April to Children’s Hospital Colorado, where Will underwent surgery shortly after his birth. Meyer said she would like to continue giving at least once a year in her third child’s name to make something good come out of a tragic situation.

“It’s really been healing and the one bright spot in our grieving process,” Meyer said. “It gives purpose to Will’s life.”

Meyer is also mother to 5-year-old son Sam and daughters Maggie, 4, and Grace, who was born in July.

Meyer was named one of 600 finalists and received a $100 Kohl’s gift card and a $500 donation to Toys for Tots. If she wins the grand prize, she said, she would like to use the Kohl’s gift card to buy items to donate to St. Mary’s or the Children’s Hospital, which is what she plans to do with the $100 gift card she already has received.

To vote for Meyer beginning   Friday, go to Facebook.com/Kohls.


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