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Grassroots fundraising contest: Taylor’s call from the President

Saturday at midnight is the deadline to get donations for the grassroots fundraising challenge—which means there are only four days left for you to win a phone call from President Obama for you or someone you know.

The last time around, challenge winner Meri asked President Obama to give a call to her son Taylor—who’s been a supporter of the President since he volunteered as a high school student in 2008.

Here’s Taylor on how he ended up getting a call from the President, and what it was like:

“Being the dedicated Obama supporter that my mother is, she didn’t waste time getting back on the President’s campaign website to help raise some funds on his behalf, and I guess the donations just started piling up.

“When she started getting closer to the top, she would let me know how she was doing: ‘Taylor, I just saw your friend donated $5 to my page!’ Selflessly, she reminded me towards the end that my 21st birthday was approaching and that she might consider giving the call to me if she won … and that’s what she did.

“It was really wonderful to have a chance to talk with the President. I told him that I was going to be studying abroad in Egypt in the spring, and he said, very sincerely, that people like me, doing what I was doing, were real assets to the country, and then he said he was proud of me. That really meant a lot to me. Then, at the end, I told him how he had truly inspired me in the 2008 elections and how the work he was doing gave me great hope in the country.”

If you have a personal message to tell the President, or if there’s someone you know who does, join in the challenge today.

No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 3/31/12. You may enter by creating a Grassroots Fundraising Page here. One winner who raises contributions from the greatest number of contributors, and a second winner selected from all entrants who raise contributions from at least 10 unique contributors (both during the Promotion Period) will each will receive a call from Barack Obama. Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Obama for America, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601.

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