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2008 was not the greatest year for Kelly Calhoun and her family.
First, came the death of her husband’s grandmother in January and the ensuing funeral costs.
Then, her husband Marty was injured in an explosion at work. He suffered second degree burns over 30 percent of his body. He’s unable to work at this time and is experiencing post traumatic stress syndrome.
Their pet cat Whiskers, a rescue animal, died after being neutered.
Most recently, their electricity went out and they had to clean out a large freezer of meat.
Overall, not a very good year at all, said Kelly, who is also disabled.
But that luck changed a couple of weeks ago when Kelly’s name was drawn in Rite Aid’s “Fill Up and Fuel Up” promotion. Kelly transferred a prescription to the Rite Aid pharmacy in Hodgenville and became eligible to win a $2,600 gas card. The Magnolia woman discovered it was actually a debit card and was able to pay the remaining funeral expenses and buy some extra items for her two children for Christmas.
“I thought it was a joke when I first won it,” said Kelly. “There’s no way I could win it. I’ve never been lucky at anything.”
“This has been the highlight of my year,” she added. “I’m just glad Rite Aid helped us out. If they were picking people who had a hard time, they did right by picking us.”
Eric S. Harkreader, spokesperson for Rite Aid Corp., said Kelly was one of 31 winners chosen in a chainwide weekly drawing which ends Jan. 10.