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Local military charity wins truck

Published: October 9, 2013, 2:58 pm, by Erin Prater

Angels of America's FallenA local military charity that funds extracurricular activities for the children of fallen troops and first responders has won a truck in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good competition.

Angels of America’s Fallen was one of five nonprofits up for two trucks on Monday. The local nonprofit received 25 percents of all votes cast in Monday’s contest, hosted on the car manufacturer’s Facebook page.

The runner up, a Tennessee animal welfare organization, received 24 percent of the votes and will also receive a truck.

“I’d like to thank those who helped us get the word out there,” said founder Joe Lewis, a retired fighter pilot who lives in Colorado Springs. “But it’s not about thanking them for helping us win a truck. It’s about thanking them for honoring our fallen by helping us support their children.”

Lewis is awaiting details on how he can claim the truck, which will be used to deliver donated goods like musical instruments and sports equipment to the children the nonprofit assists. It will also use the truck to transport supplies like tents, boxes, coolers, cases of water and signs to fundraising events.

He plans to get the truck “wrapped” with the nonprofit’s logo so that it serves as a traveling billboard for the organization.

Even without the truck, the contest has raised the organization’s visibility, Lewis said.

Since Monday, Lewis has been contacted by a handful of Gold Star families seeking assistance for their children, as well as donors.

To learn more about Angels of America’s Fallen, visit the charity’s website here.