Darlena Hardin of Santa Rosa thought someone was pulling a prank on her when Council on Aging Development Director Alyssa Kutzer called June 1 to tell Hardin she had won a tiny house from COA in a raffle.
“I thought it was joke by a family member,” Hardin said. “I couldn’t believe it because I don’t win things. But when I realized it was the truth, I felt like crying I was so happy.”
The late afternoon call from Kutzer was to inform Hardin that one of the tickets she had purchased had indeed been drawn as the winning entry. The drawing occurred during a party celebrating Council on Aging’s 50th anniversary party.
Hardin won a 171-square-foot tiny house, based on a design by Tumblewood Tiny House Company and built with volunteer labor by local contractors and donated materials over the past three months. Proceeds from tickets sales are benefiting Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers meals to home-bound seniors.
Hardin entered the drawing at the urging of her daughter. “My daughter gave me an article about it and she kept reminding me to enter it and at the last minute, I just did it. I wrote a check and sent it off as fast as I could. And here I am, winning it,” Hardin exclaimed.
She is already planning some aesthetic enhancements, including constructing a deck around it and placing plants on the deck. “It will look really cute,” Hardin concluded.