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Northwoods Habitat wins nationwide contest for new Toyota

BEMIDJI - An area nonprofit that builds homes for families and serves low-income homeowners won a national Toyota giveaway contest Tuesday.

Northwoods Habitat for Humanity was the Day 86 winner in the 100 Cars for Good campaign sponsored by Toyota, according to the contest website.

The prize is subject to verification and formal paperwork.

The nonprofit was one of five across the country competing through voting on the website Tuesday.

The contest allows voters to decide which nonprofits will receive 100 Toyota vehicles. A separate winner is selected each day.

Nonprofits provide a video, details about the organization and why a new vehicle is needed. Website visitors can then cast a vote for a nonprofit each day. Winners can select from one of six Toyota models.

On the website, Northwoods Habitat said it builds homes which are sold to partner families with a zero interest loan.

The nonprofit also serves low-income homeowners through its A Brush With Kindness program, helping seniors and low-income families with exterior maintenance, accessible ramps, and yard work so they can live with dignity in their homes.

"As our ReStore continues to grow, more and more individuals and businesses are asking that donations of material be picked up as they have no way to transport items," Northwoods Habitat said on the contest website. "Many donations have been lost due to our inability to secure such items. We are currently using a 1978 Ford Conversion van that was donated to us three years ago, and its road-worthiness is so marginal that we don't go more than 10 miles with it.

"We do own a utility trailer, and rely heavily on volunteers to use their own vehicles to secure donations. This vehicle will help us exponentially increase the number of donations we are able to secure, and, ultimately, allow us to continue to increase our revenues and home building efforts."