In an attempt to help out those in need due to the economic crisis, popular rapper Ludacris has given away 20 cars to people who wrote to him that their lack of an automobile was making it hard to keep their job. In some instances, winners spent up to four hours a day on public transportation, traveling to more than one job and school, all while trying to provide housing for their families.
Ludacris, born as Chris Bridges, said, "People are getting laid off, and are now looking for jobs. 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."
The rapper and actor, who can currently be seen in the film Gamer, partnered up with an suburban Atlanta car dealer to make the event happen, which was a part of a full weekend of events sponsored by the Ludacris Foundation, an organization he started in order to give back to the community. In order to be eligible to win, a contestant had to write a 300 word essay to the Ludacris Foundation, explaining why they were deserving of a vehicle. According to the rapper himself, about 4,000 people entered.
Each of the used cars was given to their new owners with free gas for 30 days. The winners were responsible for tags, registration, tax and insurance on the vehicles. All winners felt that having the automobile would ease their struggles and in turn, make their lives a little easier.