Behind-The-Scenes At A Family Company!

People always ask me what’s it like behind-the-scenes at Publishers Clearing House – “that place that gives out all those Big Checks”.

My answer, in a word: AWESOME!

I mean, we give out Big Checks to winners, how could it not be?

But, what most people don’t realize is that PCH is really a family company. Whatever the project, everyone always works together as a team, supporting and encouraging one another to do the best job possible. When I have good news or just need advice, my co-workers are some of the first people I turn to! That’s why in my time here, I’ve come to view my co-workers as my “work family”. And I’ve only been here five years, which is nothing compared to a lot of PCH employees. There are veterans who have been here for 10, 20, 30, even 40 years!

Take Kathy T., for example. She started back in 1966 in what was then called the “General Correspondence” department, which means she’s being a PCHer for over 45 years! To her, PCH is family! When asked what she thought the secret ingredient to PCH’s family recipe was, she said: “People caring about people. A day doesn’t go by where someone doesn’t stop by and genuinely ask how you’re doing.”

Kathy T., a long-time PCHer!

 

What’s funny is that Kathy was even here when my GRANDMA worked at PCH! That’s right, before me, my grandma worked at PCH for 10 years. See, I told you PCH was a family company! Take a look at these pictures of my grandma back in the day at her desk…and me at my desk now. It even looks like we’re in the same office!

My Grandma At Her PCH Desk Years Ago!

Me At My PCH Desk Today!

There’s also “brotherly love” here at PCH between Assistant Business Development Manager Adam S. and his brother Matt who is a Customer Service Analyst. Adam started in 2007 and encouraged his brother to join in 2011 when he heard there was an opening. Matt’s even in a position that Adam held 4 years ago — talk about following in his brother’s footsteps!

But as I said before, even for those without “blood” ties, behind-the-scenes PCH is so  much more than a place that gives out Big Checks. It really is a family company! And that family includes YOU, each and every one of our PCH fans and blog readers. We’re so happy and lucky to have you as part of our PCH Family!

P.S. While we’re on the topic of families…whenever we ask fans like you what you’d do with a PCH prize, many of you answer that you’d take care of your families. So…we came up with a prize that does just that — the new $5,000.00 A Week “Forever” Prize! Win it, and you’d receive a check for $5,000 every for the rest of your life.  Plus, after that the weekly payments would continue on for the life of a special someone you choose! WOW – you’d be able to secure your family’s financial future and REALLY leave a legacy. Tell us what YOU think of the “Forever” Prize below – then enter today at pch.com!

Amanda C., PCH Creative

Amanda C.
PCH Creative


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Marrina Keil said...

I think the FoREVER price is the greatest life long dream for a family … I say dream because my family has always struggle with money …. I grew up without a father… He passed away when I was two and my mother did not have any job and still can’t get one because she is not a citizen… As I look into my children’s eyes I cry because I want my life of struggling to end with me and not continued on to them… I am here using my neighbors computer everyday because I can’t afford one.. . I just pray one day I can afford to take my children to college because as the way my life has been nothing but bad luck… Please please… Not for me but for my children…

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Kanika Loeung said...

Grandma looked pretty! And all PCHer lady are look beautiful too! I’d love every one whom shown us their face in Blog readers and Facebook. And also I’d love the PCH company too!
If I won $5,000.00 “Forever” Prize, I’d have several plans to achieve my goals! Such as:
I’d be pay off my mortgage, buy a car, van and truck for my family, plus a college fund for my children, buy more house, take 13 children including niece and nephew to vacations. My favorite part is to donate some money to elderly and people disability, and finally, I’d be open a small business! :) I wish my dream would come true!!!

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Richard Nelson said...

I am just trying to win the $5,000.00 a week for life so i can raise my grandkids.You see about 8 years ago their mother was murdered and at the time i was married for 22years.Everything was fine at first when we got custody of my grandkids.And then i had a heart attack in 2009.The dr. had to do a tripple bye-pass.While i was getting well from the surgery all i heard from my ex wife was she was not raising kids all her life.So one night she went to the store and called me 15 minutes later and said she wasnt coming back home.So we got divorced and it has been my grandkids and me.One boy 12 yrs. old and 1 girl 11 yrs. old.I am drawing disability and its hard by myself but if i won this $5,000.00 i could realy take care of them as long as i am still alive and give them the things they need and a education i am 63 yrs. old.And when i do pass they would have the income for the rest of thrir life.I enter every day. Thank you for listening to me. ps I dont know what the website url is could someone tell me please.

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DeLayne Perry said...

Amanda, you state:
“Take a look at these pictures of my grandma back in the day at her desk…and me at my desk now. It even looks like we’re in the same office!” There is only one pic in this blog..? Is that Kathy or your grandma? clicked links … no other pics? PCH sure is a ‘family business’ … awesome!

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Stancio Butler said...

Hi Amanda C. At PCH, What I think of getting the “Forever” Prize right now is that I’m going to stop putting my own home address,my own home telephone number,and finally a cash flow note lottery online from now on because my parents said so because they will take my own computer away for good from now on just because it’s just a scam.

Did Kathy T. worked at PCH Headquarters for 46 years now and what’s Kathy T. stand for?

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    Stancio Butler said...

    Hi PCH Staff, Am I a disabled person who plays PCH sweepstakes, games etc all the time because disabled people never win PCH sweepstakes?

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      Victoria At PCH said...

      Hi Stancio,

      Real people win every contest, and the winners are varied in age and ethnicity, and they come from all walks of life. You can always look at our “Winners Circle” found at the bottom of PCH.com to see the names of recent winners!

      Victoria At PCH

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        Stancio Butler said...

        Hi Victoria At PCH, Do both real people and disabled people win every contest including a disabled woman named Margaret Horn of Houston,Texas when she already won a St. Patrick’s Day prize of $10,000.00 and is there going to be a 4th of July prize giveaway for $10,000.00 this wednesday?

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          PCH Staff said...

          Hi Stancio – people from all different backgrounds and walks of life have won – no one is ever exempt! There will not be a July 4th giveaway…

Stancio Butler said...

Hi Amanda C. At PCH, Is there going to be a 4th of July prize giveaway for $10,000.00 next week?

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T Pearce said...

This is great!
There are many disabled people who play PCH sweepstakes, games etc because it fills up the long lonely day. Winning and knowing that there would be a legacy for our loved ones when we have passed is so comforting. Great job PCH. Good luck to all the players.

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Penny said...

I think that this is one of the best sweepstakes that I’ve seen. Especially with people who have children and would love to protect and secure their future!

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Richard Sylvia said...

Good information every one should be aware of.

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Amanda C., PCH Creative for that inspiring letter.

YES, YES, YES!!!!! I love that you told us all about the PCH family and your family too. I think it is great that you all believe in family and how you have to help every one in the family. I love this new super mega prize at PCH where the new $5,000.00 A Week “Forever” Prize! Win it, and you’d receive a check for “5,000.00 a week forever,” for the rest of your life.  Plus, after that the weekly payments would continue on for the life of a special someone you choose! WOW is right!!!! I just think of my son and how he will have to take care of every one else in the family, of course he does not know that yet but he will one day understand the meaning of family, even though he is just the only child in our family. My son is a good person, very caring and smart. If I won this $5,000.00 A Week “Forever” I would have my son be the person that becomes my special someone.

I really think this was one of your best ideas in marketing PCH, I always put down, I want to take care of my family in all of my emails and letter text to every one in PCH and it is so very true, family for me is every thing in my life, and if you look at one of my last blogs, this is what I put down as what I would do if f I won this $5,000.00 A Week “Forever” contest from PCH.

Here is my bucket list…
• Winning the Super Mega Prize from PCH like the $5,000.00 every week “forever” this August 31st 2012
• Pay off all my bills including my mortgage.
• Most of all help my parents out to just make sure that they are okay. I know that it does not sound like a great thing to put on a list but it is my number one thing that I think of besides my own family.
• Technology is another thing that I think I would do for my Aunts and Uncles, provide them with a product that would help them Skype with my parents and all of us.
• Start a scholarship program for kids that go to my son’s school and put way money for my son’s college.
• Going to Disney Land or Disney World with my family.
• Go cross the USA and look at all the great things about America like the Grand Canyon
• Go to Europe with my family to visit mysterious ruins.
• I would love to go to the Olympics, either summer or winter
• If I could I would like to invest in property throughout the USA so when I go traveling I will have a place to stay.
• I could go on and on but I think this enough for right now…

Every thing is FAMILY to me…

So, I just want to wish every one the best of luck in entering the PCH sweepstakes too, I think of the PCH Jingle “Miracles can happen, can happen for you: Publishers Clearing House, the house where dreams come true.” I know it will happen for me someday, so I just have to look for that “Silver Lining” and keep on hoping, praying and dreaming of the PCH prize patrol will be knocking at my door this summer 2012 with the Lucky Windfall, The PCH Big Check “5,000.00 a week forever,” so that way I can see your PCH family the Prize Patrol gang!!!!

Thanks again for letting all of us have this chance to entering everyday for FREE at PCH and never giving up dreaming about a wonderful life!!!

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Maria Celia Hernandez said...

Miss. Amanda what a great thing to follow your grandma foot steps .I would loved to have been able to know my grand mother .I am happy for you ,it is good to have someone as nice and beautiful a lady like your grand mother who you are standing where she was.The first thing I sow was your grand mothers’s features her eyes ,mouth and smile you have the same looks. Do you think if you have children you will teach them the same things you do ,so they can be prepare for the new PCH era when they are grown? Have a great day Miss. Amanda.And everyone at PCH Office..MCH

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Michaela G. said...

Thank you Amanda C., PCH Creative for that inspiring letter.

YES, YES, YES!!!!! I love that you told us all about the PCH family and your family too. I think it is great that you all believe in family and how you have to help every one in the family. I love this new super mega prize at PCH where the new $5,000.00 A Week “Forever” Prize! Win it, and you’d receive a check for “5,000.00 a week forever,” for the rest of your life.  Plus, after that the weekly payments would continue on for the life of a special someone you choose! WOW is right!!!! I just think of my son and how he will have to take care of every one else in the family, of course he does not know that yet but he will one day understand the meaning of family, even though he is just the only child in our family. My son is a good person, very caring and smart. If I won this $5,000.00 A Week “Forever” I would have my son be the person that becomes my special someone.

I really think this was one of your best ideas in marketing PCH besides all your tips in your letter to all of us. I always put down, I want to take care of my family in all of my emails and letter text to every one in PCH and it is so very true, family for me is every thing in my life, and if you look at one of my last blogs, this is what I put down as what I would do if I won this $5,000.00 A Week “Forever” contest from PCH.

Here is my bucket list…
• Winning the Super Mega Prize from PCH like the $5,000.00 every week “forever” this August 31st 2012
• Pay off all my bills including my mortgage.
• Most of all help my parents out to just make sure that they are okay. I know that it does not sound like a great thing to put on a list but it is my number one thing that I think of besides my own family.
• Technology is another thing that I think I would do for my Aunts and Uncles, provide them with a product that would help them Skype with my parents and all of us.
• Start a scholarship program for kids that go to my son’s school and put way money for my son’s college.
• Going to Disney Land or Disney World with my family.
• Go cross the USA and look at all the great things about America like the Grand Canyon
• Go to Europe with my family to visit mysterious ruins.
• I would love to go to the Olympics, either summer or winter
• If I could I would like to invest in property throughout the USA so when I go traveling I will have a place to stay.
• I could go on and on but I think this enough for right now…

Every thing is FAMILY to me…

So, I just want to wish every one the best of luck in entering the PCH sweepstakes too, I think of the PCH Jingle “Miracles can happen, can happen for you: Publishers Clearing House, the house where dreams come true.” I know it will happen for me someday, so I just have to look for that “Silver Lining” and keep on hoping, praying and dreaming of the PCH prize patrol will be knocking at my door this summer 2012 with the Lucky Windfall, The PCH Big Check “5,000.00 a week forever,” so that way I can see your PCH family the Prize Patrol gang!!!!

Thanks again for letting all of us have this chance to entering everyday for FREE at PCH and never giving up dreaming about a wonderful life!!!

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Mrs. A.T. said...

Hi PCH! Family is the most important thing in life. And yes, it doesn’t have to be by “blood”, that was one lesson I learned very young. I don’t know enough words to say about the 5000 A Week Forever Prize. I’ll just keep dreaming and hoping and yes, entering!

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Melanie Antry said...

You know what before I make a comment I usually look at what others are saying. And most of the time I’m thinking like oh my gosh.. here I am feeling sorry for myself when other got it worst. Makes me feel like not entering anymore, I pray for those who are struggling I wish you guys happiness. Amanda, I’m glad that you and PCH family are doing what you do.. put smiles on people’s faces. May God continue to bless you all. For everyone God Bless.

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DeLayne Perry said...

I LOVE PCH!! I am a true blue loyal fan ~for sure~

Amanda, looks like your grandma was a major multi-tasker by the look of her desk.. how come yours looks so neat? You’ve got it easy compared to grandma. LOL!! Just teasing..I know it’s the technology!

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casey kwiatkoski said...

I waiting for my check if this isn’t a scam

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    PCH is not a scam. We have real winners of all ages and backgrounds. You can see them at our “Winners Circle,” just click the link at the bottom right corner of our websites. Please remember that many people enter to win and only one person can win the sweepstakes. To view the odds of winning, please refer to the “Sweepstakes Facts” and “Official Rules” of the entry you are submitting.

    Victoria at PCH

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JAMES PHILLIPS said...

Great pics

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Lauralee Hensley said...

It truly is a wonderful prize.

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Georgina Turner said...

Amanda C
PCH Creative
Family is the most important to me and that would be great to win a PCH Forever Prize. I would be able to see my Family again. I have not seen my family for a year now I would love to spend the holidays with them and move back home, It would make my dreams come to life. Thank you for letting me a part of the PCH family.

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DeLayne Perry said...

A double take at this blog shows the genuine kindness in Kathy’s face and 45 yrs in General Correspondence Dept. says a ‘great deal.’ Faithful worker. I just tell it like I see it. WOW! She deserves an applause and a bow!

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Beverly Crawford said...

Hello Kathy T YOUR story is very interesting to me as your grandma looks like you and you talk about family as i do i love my family is very important to us!!would love to leave something to remeber us by,and $5,000.00 every week forever would do this !! as you know the age gets the best of us!well you keep going as your job is great for you–you have a very good job–family!

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Velyian (Vel) Woods said...

I was reading some of the blogs to PCH. They are eye-opening. Truly to win one of the super prizes would be nice, but in the meantime I am having fun playing the games. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

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Rebecca Adams said...

Amanda,
I truely enjoy entering these contests and reading the posts on the PCH Blog. I have only one complaint however; while waiting for my name and address to load the name Mr. Maximumlength with the address of Port Washinton, NY appears.
I do not think this reflects well on your family company, it seems very juvenile and in poor taste.

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    Victoria At PCH said...

    Rebecca,

    Thank you. We’ll look into this! I assure you that this was not done intentionally. That message probably loads as placeholder which indicates the “maximum length” of the text that can be entered into that field. Regardless, we’ll look into changing that.

    Victoria At PCH

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Susan Christie said...

I’ve helped my husband be a better person and battle his addictions only to have him treat me like garbage, controlling, possessive. He makes 50,000.00 to 60,000.00 a year yet we can’t pay our bills. I’m leaving with my children as soon as I get a job and have enough money to get another place to live. I have just let him know this. I have been on my own at the age of 15 I am strong but it would be a big help if I could be lucky enough to win one of the several contests I have entered. I am 53 years old, with my husband 21 years, married for 12. I went through a traumatic divorce once when my oldest child (27 year old daughter) was two and having no family to help me was cut off from that child up until she grew older and now we are close again. I now have a 20 yr old son who is a CNA working and trying to be an LPN and my youngest daughter 15 yr old who will be dual enrolled with our local college. Her weighted GPA is 4.50. My family is of the utmost importance and I will do what ever I can to help them succeed in life and be happy. I have been a PCH fan for many years and GOD willing I will be successful in my dreams for my children as well as for my sisters. I can give this man no more. I’ve done my best to be the best person I can and I will not give up now! Good luck to all who enter.

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Debra Damon said...

I have been playing for years and now the games on the computer make it even more enjoyable. The products are great. Yes, I do buy them as well. I wish everyone could win enough to make their ends meet and enjoy life as well. Thanks for the chance good family at PCH.

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Joseph Ralph said...

$5,000 a week forever is a treasure for anyone who deserves it like me and everyone entering daily & i love to see three generations with amanda c’s family working for PCH…great job always PCH

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Maureen Sousa said...

It is SOO nice to see a company that hires family members to KEEP that family tradition alive today… I wish it was the same for ALL the companies out there… as my husband (THOUGHT???) he was part of a family working for the fire dept.in a city( which they are supposed to be family also in a different way)) but they decided to let him go 5 years before his retirement…he is only 60 years old so needs to look for NEW work at this age. ( fat chance of that happening!!!)) NICE FAMILY he worked for.( a municipality for that matter) but it is ALL about the bottom line in ANY business. but glad to see you have a nice family environment there where you all are…

I am not being negative … just realistic… times are tough for EVERYONE & EVERYONE is cutting costs..just glad to see that PCH is doing so well in profits that you all can continue to be a family business..& keeep your families working.

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Linda Giannone said...

I enjoyed reading this post. I really love the idea of the Forever Prize. People are always worried about their families, especially in this economy. Keep up the good work!

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Rebecca Adams said...

Victoria,
Thank you for responding but the problem of ‘Mr. Maximumlength” is still here. It is not simply a place holder as you suggested because at other times only “loading…” appears. Am I the only one experiencing this problem?
Please correct this because whomever it is that is doing this obviously has a problem.

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richard gaytan said...

i love how all of you are part of this cuz ur good people and that make’s you part of me..

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Myrna Callahan said...

Hi Folks: Congratuations on your long family of employees.
The eldest one probaboy started customer!
I started my first business in 1956, and I have been ordering from Publishers Clearing Houae at least that long, but I seem to remember ordering from them even before that, and entering their sweepstakes.

In what year was POCH’s first Sweepstakes?

PCH is lucky to have such loyal employees. To me that indicates that PCH good to their employees.

Keep up the good work!

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tanya said...

II have been playing pch sence the 1980′s my name has changed 5 times everytime it changes it seems to start all over on how long I have been in good standing with the family company nothing changed but the last name I just wanted u all to know been waiting a long time to see u at my door. Keep up the great work and prizes we love it. Thanks for your blog Tanya Dority,Dunn,Killian,Shankland,And now Staring.

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debra hoover said...

I think pch is a caring company

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Gail Timm said...

It is nice to have a family who works together. I would be fun and exciting to learn and to give as a working families. Thank you for sharing that with us. My own mother had a little girls dress shop in Manhattan Beach, CA. while I was growing up. She did teach me to sew but that wasn’t my thing. My Dad had a machine shop in the garage, tool & die making, & milling parts for aircraft companies. That is what I liked to do and got to burr some part of one of the big companies still in operation. My folk worked hard in those days just like today. Money was a big factor and still is. My folks are gone now. I started buying magazines in the 70’s and still I’m buying them. No, I have never won anything, but I keep trying. And hopefully, one day I will win and help my family out and some of the needy people that I know. Yes, life goes on, but so do the sweepstakes that I hope and pray to win. Thank you. Gail Timm

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james tabler said...

i love you A.C. too1 j,t superprizepatrol today enter in too win $7,000.00 a week for life from you A.cTOO!

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Nettie Jenkins said...

Great Read Amanda ! Thanks for making it fun! (Smiles)

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Holly Messinese said...

There is a so much less paper in front of you than your grand mothers office. Things have really changed through the years!

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Kevin said...

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Judy Iovine said...

LOVE YOU ALL!!! You Make Dreams Come True!!! I Hope My dream comes True soon, it could save my daughters life!She Has bad health problems and the stress from her job makes it worse! She is single and has no other means of support but i need to try and get her out of that job before it kills her! my husband and I are retired and can’t do much but try and give her a few left overs. My daughter is my Life and worrying about her is also damaging my health.2yrs. ago I had a stroke and a heart attack from a blood clot escaping from knee surgery, I’m now on a bunch of meds. I pray every day that some time soon, I can save my daughter and in the process save myself! Praying to see that PCH van show up!!! LOve ya s Judy. <3

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Tina Thomas said...

Now you taught me some thing different Amanda it is a family business i hope to win with you and your family it would be great a win i not lying would put us back in motion again, with moving and trying to get settled again and hoping to get settled in again for the last time is to much on any one 3 times is enough getting to old to do this again,but i would love to give my Grand Daughter what she has always wanted a place to call her own no more moving for her she deserves that God Bless You Amanda and your Family .

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Natasha Davis said...

Hi Victoria and I love the blogs that I have never seen before…that’s AWESOME =). I would definitely take care of my family. I am hoping and wishing upon a star. You have no Idea what this will mean for me . It will help dramatically . Thank you for the fun winning opportunities and hope to see you one day with the Prize Patrol. Thank you….#Family#hope#1Dream =)

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Sharon Reese said...

Wow, That PCH is a family Company. It make me smile about we all are include in the family too. Its inspiring me about this story. That was nice to sharing this story. Thank you for sharing.

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JOY said...

THE FOEVER PRIZE IS WONDERFUL. KNOWING THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS GET A FOREVER PRIZE. WHERE DO YOU SEE THAT OR HEAR THAT ONLY ON PCH. THIS IS WHY THIS COMPANY IS BLESSED AND THE CEO AND ALL THE WORKERS. THANKS J.I. FEB. 5, 2013.

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Magaly Murillo said...

WELL YOU ARE LUCKY WOMAN YOU ENJOY YOUR NEW JOB I WISH I CAN WORK AT PCH. i been looking for a job for months and no luck so enjoy your job. good luck

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