Photo Essay: This Deserving Grandmother Won a Spa Day — and Our Hearts

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Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Did you hear about our new holiday Purple Friday?

We encouraged you to spend time — rather than money — on the day after Thanksgiving. And to help you, we gave away 50 prizes.

One of our winners was Nadine, who requested a “spa day with all my moms.”

“Spending the day at the spa with all my moms would be very meaningful to me,” she wrote. “My mom, my mother-in law and my stepmom are all getting older, and I want to spend as much time as I can with each of them.”

Families come in all shapes and sizes, so we loved this entry — and asked Nadine if we could help her surprise one of her moms in person.

“My mother-in-law is a saint and does so much for others in need,” she said, and promised we’d enjoy meeting her.

She was right. During the surprise, Zondra immediately warmed our hearts — and afterwards, we all wanted her to adopt us as grandkids.

We hope the photos below show you just how special (and deserving) this grandmother is.

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

We talk with Nadine about her three mothers and how much they mean to her.

When asked why her mother-in-law is special, Nadine replies: “She’s just a wonderful, wonderful person and a wonderful mom. She does everything for everyone else and not much for herself. When she does have extra money, she spends it on everybody else.”

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Shh! About to surprise Zondra in snowy Cicero, New York.

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Zondra is so surprised! “Oh my gosh what do I say? I’m so happy.”

Zondra says she can’t remember the last time she had a massage, but is most excited to simply spend time with her daughter-in-law.

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Look at those smiles! You can really feel the love between Nadine and Zondra.

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Heather Comparetto / The Penny Hoarder

Zondra is so sweet, taking the time to tell us about all of her kids and grandkids, whom she loves so much. We’re pretty sure no one deserves a spa day more!

Heather Comparetto (IG: heatheretto) is a photographer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s exhibited her photographs internationally, loves the ocean, enjoys coffee and tacos (but not together).