Apr 18, 2014 8:04 PM by Andy Koen

Military charity wins new truck

COLORADO SPRINGS - Thanks to the help News 5 viewers and Facebook fans, a Colorado Springs charity that helps families of fallen soldiers and first responders won a new truck in a nationwide contest from Toyota.

The staff at Larry H. Miller Liberty Toyota handed over the keys to a new, red Toyota Tundra to members of the group Angels of America's Fallen this afternoon. The group collected an overwhelming number of votes in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good Facebook promotion.

The angels pay for enrichment activities for the families such as swimming and trumpets lessons and Tae Kwon Do classes.

"I would like to say thank you," said Joe Lewis, president of the Angels of America's Fallen. "There are a lot of Colorado Springs viewers that came out and voted for us and that's how we won."

Christina Goetz Bixby's family was the among first beneficiaries of the Angels program. They're helping her 11-year-old son Cody to take trumpet lessons.

"We just received a trumpet last week and he's been blowing and trying to learn how to do it and what he's supposed to do," she said. "It's been fun."

Caleb had been learning the trombone, but switched instruments so he could learn along side his new dad.

"They are helpful because the things I want to do, we probably couldn't afford otherwise," Caleb said.

So far, the Angels have helped families from 19 different states.



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