NEW YORK (AP) _ Two doctors who dispense free medical care and a woman who has adopted 11 children were among six people who won $5,000 each Thursday in the America's Awards.

America's Awards were created in 1990 to honor people who personify the American character and spirit, the organization said in a statement.

The winners are:

- Mary Jo Copeland, 52, a mother of 12 who was once addicted to painkillers but is now known as the ''Mother Teresa of Minneapolis'' for her work with the homeless.

- Dr. Randolph Howes, 51, of New Orleans, a plastic surgeon who invented a catheter that has saved 10 million lives. He performs free operations on deformed children in the Philippines.

- Sharon Monsky, 40, of Santa Barbara, Calif., who is conducting a one- woman campaign to find a cure for scleroderma, a degenerative disease that ended her business career.

- Lewis Trujillo, 64, of Fort Collins, Colo., a disabled American Indian who distributes food, clothes, books, toys, medicine and other supplies to Indian reservations.

- Nancy Kayes, 50, of Cincinnati, who has adopted and raised 11 Asian children, 10 of whom have disabilities. She also developed a program for schools called ''Everybody Counts.''

- Dr. James Withers, 35, an internist who provides free medical care to the homeless in Pittsburgh.

The winners were chosen from 1,170 candidates nominated by the public.