Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ludacris Buys Cars For The People

Jobless for nearly a year, Michael Rivers was about to walk out of his house a few weeks ago to catch the bus for another daylong employment hunt when a radio announcement stopped him.

"This is Ludacris, and I'm giving away 20 free cars. ..."

The famous rapper was pulling an Oprah in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. The rapper announced that if listeners were able to pay the taxes, registration, tags and insurance, they should go to his nonprofit Ludacris Foundation Web site and write 300 words about why they deserved new wheels.

Four thousand people took him up on his challenge, and in a few days, more than 2,000 essays poured into the Nissan South dealership in Morrow, Georgia, that had teamed with the rapper on the used-car giveaway.


I'm glad that Chris "Ludacris" Bridges helped some people in need. Dude has a lot of money and he isn't obligated to give it to anyone. His generosity also provided a little help to the struggling auto industry. I realize that the winners of the essay contest received Nissans and that Nissan has been relatively unphazed by the recession. Nissan, however, does have some manufacturing plants in the US. Therefore, the car giveaway did a little something for the American workforce.

There are a few people out there who try to discount Luda's generosity by saying he should have given his money to more "worthy" causes. These people really need to get over themselves. I know that cars depreciate over time, but if you need a ride you don't have the luxury of caring about that. I guess no good deed goes unpunished. All hope isn't lost though. The recipients of the cars were really appreciative and that's all that really matters.