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We received so many inspiring and touching submissions to The Help Storytelling Challenge, and we’re thrilled to reveal the winners to you.

Challenge #1: Recipe

The Winner: Rebecca Lubin, of Mill Valley, CA, has been a nanny for nearly two decades. Her goat cheese lasagna was a tasty treat, but her heartwarming story left everyone in the TakePart kitchen teary-eyed. Get the recipe and read her full story.

Challenge #2: Children’s Story

The Winner: Darcy Pattison’s “11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph” is the story of a tenacious young girl who refuses to take a good photograph while her father is away “soldiering.” After being chosen by guest judge and children’s book author Lou Berger, we had her beautiful story professionally illustrated.

Click the cover below to read the story:


Download the book now and share with your friends!

Challenge #3: Someone Who Inspires You

The Winner: Genoveva Islas-Hooker charmed guest judge Doc Hendley (founder of Wine to Water) with her story, A Heroine Named Confidential. A case manager for patients with HIV, Islas-Hooker was consistently inspired by one special individual who never gave up the fight to live.

She won a trip to New York City for a main stage performance of The Moth.

Read the complete story on TakePart.com.