Blessed Assurance vying for a van

Nonprofit needs your votes to win handicap-accessible Toyota

by Josh Whitener

Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care needs the community’s help to win a handicap- accessible van.

The Mint Hill nonprofit was chosen from a pool of thousands of entries to be a finalist in Toyota’s 2012 100 Cars for Good contest. Each year, Toyota chooses 100 nonprofits nationwide to receive a free vehicle that suits the organization’s needs. After submitting an application, Blessed Assurance was selected as one of the lucky 500 who will compete against each other in a one-day Facebook voting contest for one of the 100 cars.

Voting takes place on Wednesday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. online via Facebook at Voters must have a Facebook account. “It would be great for the community if we win,” Nate Huggins, CEO of Blessed Assurance, said. “It’s definitely a way to showcase a nonprofit servicing the community.”

In the contest, Blessed Assurance will go head-to-head with four other worthy contestants. The goal of the 100 Cars for Good contest is to match up five nonprofits with like budgets and have them compete against each other for one of the 100 cars.

Blessed Assurance is facing Westside Family Healthcare of Wilmington, Del.; Brevard Achievement Center of Rockledge, Fla.; Mission Road Developmental Center of San Antonia, Texas; and Yuut-Elitnaurviat-The People’s Learning Center of Bethel, Ark.

“We’re pleased at the fact that it’s based on the budget,” Huggins said.

Blessed Assurance’s mission is to “provide life-sustaining programs and services to (the) community’s disabled veterans, seniors and special needs population,” according to the organization. The nonprofit provides daily care for these community members, allowing their caregivers to continue working, go back to work or simply get the relief they need to continue giving care.

Blessed Assurance sees clients with a wide range of backgrounds and conditions, including physical and mental disabilities, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, stroke-related issues and conditions related to brain injuries. Huggins said the center currently serves people as young as 35 and as old as 99.

When a community member heard about the Toyota contest and recommended it, Huggins knew it was a golden opportunity for Blessed Assurance. He checked out the website and made sure Blessed Assurance met the criteria and then created and submitted a video showcasing the nonprofit’s services.

Although he knows they’re up against some of the most prestigious nonprofits in the country, Huggins believes Blessed Assurance has an advantage over its opponents.

“We’re the only one competing with a mission to serve disabled vets,” he said. Huggins is a veteran himself. “Our veterans are very important at this point, as we have a special veteran proclamation.”

Blessed Assurance needs your vote!
To help Mint Hill nonprofit Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care win a handicap-accessible van, visit via Facebook on Wednesday, July 18 between 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Click “Vote” and select “Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care.”

Voters must have a Facebook account. Only one vote per account is allowed.

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