• Sep 8th 2009 at 2:01PM
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If you're like us, when you think Ludacris, you think bad acting (Darius Parker on Law and Order SVU) and fantastic rapping. Fo' rizzle, Area Codes needs a special recognition Grammy. It's that brilliant. However, when you think Ludacris, you don't think "philanthropist." But you should. Not only does Chris "Ludacris" Bridges head up The Ludacris Foundation (TLF), but that same foundation just held the Metro Atlanta Ludacris Stimulus Package which sought essays from licensed Georgia residents in need of a car. Thousands of essays were submitted and on September 6, TLF held an event called, "Stars for Cars - The LudaDay Giveaway" where twenty winners were handed the keys to their new(ish) cars.
Says the Illinois-born rapper, "People are getting laid off and now are 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 cars come with free gas for 30 days, although the contest winners are responsible for tags, registration, tax and insurance. Sounds like a good deal to us. Especially as the winners didn't get previously owned Chevettes. Ludacris partnered with a Nissan dealer to supply the used cars and at least one winner got a Maxima.

One of the more moving essay winners was from a man named Mading Duor who described how his mother, father and five brothers and sisters were killed in Sudan. Not only that, but after moving to Atlanta, Duor's son was killed by a drunk driver. Said Ludacris, "His story touched my heart. He's endured so much in his life and he's still here standing. I'm very proud to have helped him."

Thanks for the tip, Wes!

[Source: The Associated Press | Image: AP Photo/Paul Abell]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      that makes him generous!

      used cars
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good job Luda.
      Well done.
      That was a very nice thing to do to help those people.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good job.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is cool. Good look for Luda, real good look....wish I had gotten one though. lol jk
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the fact that he still owns/drives his 93 Acura Legend. Given that, it's awesome and makes sense that he is doing this.
        • 6 Years Ago
        forgot to mention that i owned '93 legend ls coupe so it especially stood out to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its nice to seem someone that has been fortunate enough to have a successful lifestyle go out and try to help others that are less fortunate. I think it is great he did that for people there in his hometown and community (ATL MY HOME TOWN ALSO!) If only more would do the same thing. I don't see Madonna or other successful musicians stepping up and helping out! LOL!
        • 6 Years Ago
        What do you mean? Madonna is adopting kids left and right. Heck, countries have to turn her away now, because they don't have any more kids to give!

        Anywho... It's awesome that Chris is doing this. He absolutely has no obligation to do this, yet, there he is, donating cars to people who need them.

        Still a little upset that 651 wasn't represented though...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice gesture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I ever come into some money I plan to do something similar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The value of the car will be taxed as income, plus some states have property tax on vehicles. However, many of these people have no income so adding an additional $12-20K vehicle value to the annual income will do little to put them into a larger tax bracket. I am sure there will be a few that have to give up the car but overall good program by Luda.

      Leave it to the government to extort as much as they can, even from poor people.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Merry Luda-Christmas Everyone!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm idk about you guys, but there wer definitely some "clunkers" traded in that I saw, that would have been perfect for this. On one Ford lot I saw a decent looking Mazda Tribute!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice job Chris, if you're reading this... cheers to you
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