SUNRISE, Fla. – As the Fourth of July approaches and people prepare to mark our country’s independence with awe-inspiring fireworks displays, the non-profit credit counselors at American Debt Counseling, serving clients throughout New Jersey, are urging consumers to claim their own independence from credit card debt with its “Here’s Me Debt Free” online video contest, which will help pay winners’ credit card bills with one grand prize valued at up to $5,000 and two runners up prizes totaling up to $1,500 in credit card payments.
With more than 54 million US households struggling to pay off an average of $16,000 in credit card debt according to the Federal Reserve’s 2010 report on consumer credit, the non-profit credit counselors at American Debt Counseling are inspiring consumers to shed their debt and offering to jump start their efforts through “Here’s Me Debt Free” running online at americandebtcounseling.org/heresmedebtfree, where consumers can submit a funny, creative video portraying how they would feel if they were debt free.
Alan Silverberg, founder and CEO of American Debt Counseling, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit credit counseling agency, said, “Having helped clients pay off more than $37 million in credit card debt last year alone, our credit counselors know the elation people feel once they’ve successfully paid off debt. Through Here’s Me Debt Free, we hope people will visualize that feeling and use it to propel them toward the goal of becoming financially independent.”
Anyone 18 years or older living in the US with an excess of $500 in credit card debt is invited to use a camcorder, camera or mobile device to record a video clip three minutes or less. Videos will be judged on originality, creativity, adherence to theme and number of page views generated.
The contest runs through July 31. Winning videos will be announced in September and available for online viewing at americandebtcounseling.org/heresmedebtfree and on the American Debt Counseling Facebook page.
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