The unstoppable Hendersons
By RICHARD D. OXLEY
Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer
February 6, 2012 · Updated 10:39 AM
Island resident Jessica Henderson has never been the kind of person to enter sweepstakes or national contests, but something urged her to enter one last year. It seems that for Jessica, the first time is a charm.
"I was browsing online one day this fall and saw an ad pop up that said ‘Is your family unstoppable?’" Jessica said. "And of course I clicked on it."
The ad was for a contest run by Smucker's jam as a promotion for their Uncrustables sandwiches. It was asking for photo submissions of families being unstoppable. Jessica entered her family photo — a picture of her husband Craden and their two girls Sky, 6, Piper, 4, and their boy Tallis, 2.
The photo was taken in March 2011, while the family was on a hike in New Zealand – Craden's native country. It was the first time the family had visited where he grew up.
"We love adventures large and small and don’t hesitate to take the kids along," Jessica said. "This photo is the one that I thought best captured the topic of the contest."
She didn't think much of it after that, especially with the holiday activities at that time. Then one day, the Henderson's phone rang.
"I got a call from an agency in New York City several weeks later informing me that we were selected by the judges to be among the top 10 finalists," Jessica said.
Now the Hendersons from Bainbridge Island are featured, along with nine other unstoppable family finalists, on the Smucker's Uncrustables website. Until Feb. 15, people can go to the website and vote once a day for their favorite family photo.
The first-place prize for the contest is a trip for four to Yosemite National Park and $4,000 cash. The nine runners up will receive a Smuckers gift basket. Either way the Hendersons should be pleased. According to Jessica, they love jam.
Contact Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer Richard D. Oxley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 842-6613.