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Facebook voters pick nonprofits that will get free cars, trucks from Toyota

The public in an online vote on Facebook has chosen the first 25 nonprofit organizations that have won a free Toyota car or truck every day through Aug. 16. Toyota will award one more vehicle per day every day until 100 vehicles are given away.

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Winners in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program from Sacramento to St. Louis have the choice of a Prius, Tacoma (pictured), Tundra, Highlander Hybrid, Sienna or Sienna Mobility. Toyota Financial Services adds a six-year, 100,000 mile Toyota Vehicle Service Agreement to give winners extended protection beyond the vehicle warranty.

“We are delighted to announce the first 25 winners of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program,” said Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales. “The program was created to provide vehicles to deserving non-profit organizations that are doing good things in their communities. Each of the selected winners is a testament to the outstanding missions of their respective organizations. We congratulate our first 25 winners and wish the remaining finalists in the running the best of luck.”

The point of the program is to award 100 vehicles over 100 days to 100 deserving non-profits. Winners of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program are determined based on voting from the public on Facebook.

Each daily winner gets a new vehicle to help the nonprofit do “good” in their communities. The 400 finalists from the 500-organization pool that did not make the top 100 will receive $1,000 each from Toyota.

Voting on Facebook opened May 9 and closes on Aug. 16. Voters may place one vote per day, each day, over the course of the program. Each day, the previous day’s winner will be announced and five new nonprofit organizations will be featured for voting.

The first 25 winners ranged from animal welfare to arts and education. All are worthy causes shared with the public on their Facebook profiles.

Here are the first 25 winners in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program:

• Indiana SADD; Terre Haute, Ind.; May 9, 2011
• Owensboro Area Shelter & Information Services; Owensboro, Ky.; May 10, 2011
• North Mecklenburg Animal Services; Old Fort, N.C.; May 11, 2011
• Lighthouse; Lincoln, Neb.; May 12, 2011
• St. Louis Area Foodbank; Bridgeton, Mo.; May 13, 2011
• Farmworker Association of Florida; Apopka, Fla.; May 14, 2011
• Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Grove City, Ohio; May 15, 2011
• Project Avary; Novato, Calif.; May 16, 2011
• Freedom Bound Center; Sacramento, Calif.; May 17, 2011
• Mission St. Louis; St. Louis, Mo.; May 18, 2011
• City Gospel Mission; Cincinnati, Ohio; May 19, 2011
• Alaska Christian College; Soldotna, AK; May 20, 2011
• PAWS: Placing Animals Within Society; Bryson City, N.C.; May 21, 2011
• Disabled Sports USA Far West; Citrus Heights, Calif.; May 22, 2011
• Cindys Hope Chest; Indian Trail, N.C.; May 23, 2011
• The Gentle Barn; Santa Clarita, Calif.; May 24, 2011
• New Hampshire Food Bank; Manchester, N.H.; May 25, 2011
• Children’s Specialized Hospital; Mountainside, N.J.; May 26, 2011
• House of Bread and Peace; Evansville, Ind.; May 27, 2011
• Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center; Morristown, N.J.; May 28, 2011
• Camp Casey, Royal Oak, Mich.; May 29, 2011
• Housing for All; Hyannis, Mass.; May 30, 2011
• The Healing Place; Louisville, Ky.; May 31, 2011
• Comfort Zone Camp; Richmond, Va.; June 1, 2011
• Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children; Friendswood, Texas; June 2, 2011

You can reach's Hawke Fracassa at [email protected].

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