Clearfield military family floored after winning home repair contest

Dec 16 2011 - 1:09am

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Tyrena Dilley, of Clearfield, and her family react with joy as they walk into The Home Depot in Salt Lake City and learn they have won a $20,000 home repair contest. Facebook followers could vote daily for one of nine selected military families. (KIM COOK/U.S. Air Force)
Tyrena Dilley, of Clearfield, talks on the phone after walking into The Home Depot in Salt Lake City and being told her military family has won a Facebook contest for $20,000 in home repairs. (KIM COOK/U.S. Air Force)
Tyrena Dilley, of Clearfield, and her family react with joy as they walk into The Home Depot in Salt Lake City and learn they have won a $20,000 home repair contest. Facebook followers could vote daily for one of nine selected military families. (KIM COOK/U.S. Air Force)
Tyrena Dilley, of Clearfield, talks on the phone after walking into The Home Depot in Salt Lake City and being told her military family has won a Facebook contest for $20,000 in home repairs. (KIM COOK/U.S. Air Force)

CLEARFIELD -- The Dilley family got an early Christmas surprise when they were told they were the grand-prize winners of a $20,000 home repair contest.

Tyrena Dilley, of Clearfield, was told of her family's winning this week during a news conference at The Home Depot in Salt Lake City.

Dilley's husband, Staff Sgt. Kevin Dilley, is in Greenland until July serving a one-year tour.

The couple are the winners of the store's Give the Gift of Good contest. They were one of nine military families nominated for the contest, which was held on Facebook.

"They kind of tricked us, because they said all of the families who were nominated would be meeting at The Home Depot in their area," Dilley said.

"They said they would tell everyone at the same time who the winner was, so I wasn't expecting everyone to be there when I walked in."

Stacy Risenmay, of Payson, nominated the Dilleys, who have five children, two of whom were born with spina bifida and use wheelchairs.

Risenmay, who has a blog called notjustahousewife.net, said after reading dozens of stories, she decided the Dilley family was the right choice.

The family will use the money for a new roof, new flooring, an air conditioner and to replace broken windows.

The Home Depot invited nine bloggers to Atlanta to participate in a project in celebration of Veterans Day, said Nicole Carriere, social media community manager for The Home Depot.

The night before the project, the bloggers were surprised with the opportunity to Give the Gift of Good in their own communities. They each received a $500 gift card to purchase holiday decorations for a local military family in need.

Dilley said because her husband is often deployed, a lot of things don't get done around the house.

"You can only let things go for so long, and then you have to do something about it," she said. "Now I don't have to worry about the house anymore. It's wonderful."

Not only has The Home Depot awarded the family the grand prize, Dilley said, but local companies have also stepped up to help.

"We had a guy come in and fix our heater, and we're getting insulation tomorrow by another company," she said. "A real estate company is going to be helping us with a couple of things as well."

Dilley said The Home Depot wouldn't tell her how many votes her family received on Facebook.

"They just said it was a lot," she said. "We are just so grateful and so appreciative of the people who voted for us every day on Facebook.

"I don't know many of these people personally, but I want them to know just how much they have helped my family. Thank you so very much."

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