Founding Grandma

I am the founding grandma, Catherine Onyemelukwe. I was grandmother of four when I made the first challenge.

Grandma Catherine

Catherine Onyemelukwe

My fifth grandchild was born in  2013. Ikem is the son of my daughter Beth and her husband Kelvin, and brother of Kenechi and Nkiru, the first grandchildren I challenged. All three of them were born in July. Beth and Kelvin gave the honor of naming the children to my husband who is Igbo, from Nigeria, and he chose Igbo names for them.

On December 25, 2011 I gave two of my grand-kids a Christmas Charity Challenge. I gave them each $25 and a list of charities. I asked them to choose charities to receive their $25 and write a couple of sentences about their choice. I said I would match their $25 gift with $25 of my own if they convinced me with their sentences.  And I gave them a deadline.

I had to extend the deadline but then they made their choices. I had each one sit with me, find the website and the donation link. Then I had them enter the gift amount and the credit card number as we made the gift.

The letter I gave them to introduce the challenge was so convincing that my husband, children, and son-in-law were sure that I was taking part in an “official” challenge. They were amazed when I told them I made it up!

Now you can have your own grandma (or grandpa, or other relative) challenge with my simple and convenient tools.

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