Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), has announced that as a result of its associate giving programs and a food drive, a combined total of 1,714 meals will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Calif., and the Love Chapel of Columbus, Ind., communities where Toyota associates live and work.
“Toyota is grateful for the continued support of our associates and their care and concern for their local communities of Columbus, Ind. and Orange County, Calif.,” said Jeff Rufener, president of TMHU. “As a result of their hard work, the donations raised will provide food and essentials to many in need this holiday season.”
Toyota has long supported associate giving programs, food bank and community-related contributions. This year, TMHU’s 150+ associates also continued to participate in the “Denim for Dollars” program. Each month a national nonprofit organization is chosen to receive donations from TMHU’s associates. In exchange for a minimum $5 donation per participant, TMHU’s associates are eligible to wear jeans to work the last Friday of the month. As a result of the year-long program, TMHU associates raised $3,500.
The benefiting charities include:
- St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
- Special Olympics
- American Heart Association
- Operation First Response
- Shriner's Children's Hospital
- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
- Best Friends Animal Society
- Hire a Hero
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- Feeding America
- Make-a-Wish Foundation
In addition, TMHU associates donated 335 pounds of school supplies to benefit school children in need during the current school year. Supplies were distributed through the Irvine Unified School District in Irvine, Calif., and through the Lincoln Central Family Care Center in Bartholomew County, Ind.
Continuing in the company tradition, Toyota also made a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions throughout the world.
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