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Hospice of South Texas wins new car in Toyota program

By Sonny Long
Aug. 15, 2011 at 3:15 a.m.


OTHER TEXAS WINNERS

In addition to Hospice of South Texas, three other Texas nonprofit agencies won a new car in the Toyota 100 For Good program. They included:

Any Baby Can, Austin

Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children, Friendswood

SafePlace, Austin

Hospice of South Texas has won a new car in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good contest.

The organization, with offices in Victoria and Hallettsville, received more votes on the Toyota Facebook page on Saturday than four other agencies competing for the prize.

Toyota ran the contest for 100 days featuring five different contestants per day and giving away 100 cars.

"We are so grateful for the support," said Hilary Lucas, director of community relations. "The new car will help us get to those that are in need of our services and save the organization thousands of dollars yearly."

In 2010, Hospice of South Texas personnel drove 650,000 miles to serve 700 patients, according to the video submitted as part of the application for the car giveaway.

On Saturday, Hospice of South Texas topped four other nonprofit agencies from much larger cities. They included Project Open Hand, San Francisco, Calif.; American Red Cross, Sacramento, Calif.; Advance Housing, Hackensack, NJ; and Synergy Services, Parkville, Mo., which is in metropolitan Kansas City.

The winner for Saturday was posted on the Toyota Facebook page about 11:45 a.m. on Sunday.

Lucas said the car will be used by the Hospice worker who has to drive the farthest to visit clients.

"The savings will allow us to use that money for our community grief support program offered to patients and families, local schools and first responders," Lucas said.

Toyota is expected to notify Hospice of South Texas within the week when to expect delivery of the car, said Lucas.

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