For many, the holiday season means reuniting with family members near and far. But what about those family members that you have lost touch with or didn’t even know existed. From now until December 19th, Archives.com and WhitePages want to hear your favorite memory about your long lost relative, whether it’s of your Uncle George, your Cousin Patty or your brother Will in their “Run and Hug” contest!
If your story receives the most votes, you and a companion will win two all expenses paid trips to reunite during the holiday season. You will also be given $1,000 in cash to make your trip all that more special. Cash prizes of $500 and $200 will also be awarded to the runner-up and second runner-up. All top ten contestants will receive year-long subscriptions to Archives.com to further explore their family history.
How it Works
In order to qualify for the Run & Hug contest, participants (18 years and older) need to submit a 500 or less word or video testimonial that describes your favorite memory of a long lost relative with whom you would like to be reunited. If you are not submitting a video, please submit an image that best illustrates your story (a photo of your relative, or of you at the time when your memory took place, your family crest, etc.).
Once a story is submitted and approved, it will then be open for the public to vote on. Contestants are encouraged to share their story with friends via email, Facebook and Twitter. The story that receives the most votes will win the reunion. Stories can be submitted anywhere from November 21st to December 21st, at which time voting will end. The winner will be chosen and notified by December 25th and will be announced to the public sometime in January. The reunion will take place sometime over the next year. See official contest rules here.
Share your memory early to maximize your chances of winning!
The contestant whose story wins will receive two all expenses paid trips to reunite during the holiday season and will also be given $1,000 in cash. Cash prizes of $500 and $200 will be awarded to the runner-up and second runner-up. All top ten contestants will receive year-long subscriptions to Archives.com to further explore their family history.
In celebration of this contest, Archives.com and WhitePages would like to offer one of my readers a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
I received a gift card for my time to create this post. Opinions are my own.