Habitat for Humanity Tri-Cities workers won't have to limp around town much longer in the nonprofit's 20-year-old pickup.
The agency won a new Toyota Tundra in the 100 Cars for Good program, sponsored by the Toyota company.
"We're very excited because the one truck we have for hauling building materials is on its last leg," said Rick Jansons, Habitat's executive director.
Toyota's program is an annual event that gives away up to 100 cars in 50 days to 100 eligible nonprofit organizations.
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Another Tri-City charity, the Rascal Rodeo, also was in the running for one of the vehicles in a separate vote on Wednesday. Voting went until 9 p.m. and the results could be known today.
Rascal Rodeo, which produces faux rodeos for people with special needs, and Habitat were two of the 250 finalists in the contest that picks winners based on the number of votes from the public.
"We just stumbled upon the ad and decided to go for it," said Sue Bannister with Habitat. "We couldn't believe it when we made it to the top 5. Then actually winning the truck was unbelievable. It couldn't have happened at a better time, because our old pickup had definitely seen better days."
The agency's one paragraph submission outlined all the good work it does throughout the year.
"Each year low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners risk losing their home, unable to afford and manage ongoing repairs," the statement read. "We desire to break this cycle in our community. In the last 18 months we have completed 70 projects, including wheelchair ramps, roof repairs/replacements, plumbing and electrical repair, window replacement, painting and weatherization.
They said the old truck couldn't keep up with the demands. A new truck will transport materials, tools and needed supplies to their multiple projects.
Habitat won't receive the truck for a couple months while paperwork is handled.
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