Ludacris: You Get a Car

Grammy award-winning rapper gives away free rides to the needy

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Monday, Sep 7, 2009  |  Updated 1:42 AM PDT
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A "Ludacris" idea -- free cars.

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Move over Oprah and Ty Pennington -- you're not the only ones who can give away free stuff. 

Grammy award-winning rapper Ludacris gave away 20 cars on Sunday to people who made the case in essays that they really needed the new wheels to get to work, The Associated Press reported.

"People are getting laid off, and now are looking for jobs," Ludacris told the AP. "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."

About 4,000 people submitted the required 300-word essay to Ludacris’ foundation. The "Money Maker" singer then partnered with an Atlanta-based dealership to give away the vehicles.

Some stories of woe were extraordinary.

Mading Duor described moving to the U.S. after his parents and five brothers and sisters were killed in Sudan – only to lose his son to a drunken driver in Atlanta.

"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, who has struggled to find a way to get to his job, said he couldn’t believe he won a Nissan Maxima.

Each car winner won’t have to worry about paying for gas for 30 days.

But they will be responsible for paying registration, taxes and insurance.
 

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