HI Ellen! we are just and average family, no cancers, no fires, no job loss, so yes we are fortunate! however we are still living paycheck to paycheck! We will be selling our house in 2013 so the bank does not take it from us :( so does this even qualify us for any chance of the holiday giveaways??? probably not cause we don't have a "horrific" story, yet in my world is it pretty devastating! WE love you and appreciate all the joys you bring to this world. We watch your show everyday and thank you for all you do! please continue to make the world a better place Thanks!