Gina Cordano

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For her challenge, Gina Cordano helps Tiana Areizaga, a stay-at-home mother of three young children whose husband is serving in Afghanistan. She gives Tiana $500 in gift cards for clothes and toys, and $500 to a holiday fund for military families stationed at Fort Hamilton Garrison in Brooklyn, New York.

"I want to let her know that I think she's a remarkable person," Gina says of Tiana. "She's strong, she's courageous, and she's helping support her husband. Things must not be easy for her," Gina says.

Tiana is grateful for the help. "You know how much you changed my life, and you know my husband's not here this year. … This means a lot to us," she says.

For her kindness, Gina receives Fort Hamilton's Coin of Excellence, an award given to soldiers who go "above and beyond the call of duty."
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