Grammy-winning rapper Ludacris has generously given away 20 cars to people who wrote about their struggles to keep their jobs due to not having a vehicle. Read more on Ludacris’ car give-away below.
Ludacris was touched after reading thousands of essays by people struggling or unable to buy cars that needed to get to and from work or find jobs. Ludacris, 31, felt he could help and partnered with an Atlanta dealership for Sunday’s giveaway. .
“People are getting laid off, and now are looking for jobs,” Ludacris said. “To be efficient, you need some transportation of your own to get there. That’s why I wanted to give back to those who need it.”
Each of these used vehicles included free gas for 30 days. The winning contestants were responsible for tags, registration, tax and insurance. About 4,000 contestants submitted a 300-word essay to the rapper’s foundation, explaining why they needed a car.
Ludacris said one of the most touching stories he read was by Mading Duor.
Duor described how he moved to the United States six years ago after his mother, father, and five brothers and sisters were killed in Sudan. The man also wrote that a son was killed by a drunken driver in Atlanta a few years back.
“His story touched my heart,” Ludacris said. “He’s endured so much in his life and he’s still here standing. I’m very proud to have helped him.”
Duor, 33, has been able to keep a steady job at a school, but each day he felt stressed about how he was going to get to work.
“I’m so happy, that I’m nervous,” said Duor, who won a Nissan Maxima. “When I look at my new car, I say to myself, ‘Is this really happening?’”
Crystal Beauford, a single mom that rode the bus to her two jobs and school was given a Saturn Ion. The 26-year-old college student doesn’t know how to drive the stick-shift vehicle, but said she’ll learn.
“This is going to help me out so much,” Beauford said. “It’s a blessing.”
Ludacris won Grammys for Best Rap Album for “Release Therapy” and Best Rap Song for “Money Maker.”
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