Toyota gives big helping hand to Salvation Army

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal

BLUE SPRINGS – The Salvation Army got a big boost from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi on Friday, with plant employees donating 263 gifts, 400 meals and a big check.
Toyota gave the agency $10,000, which will be used to help feed the hungry, said Maj. Sue Dorman.
“Through our feeding program, we feed 78,000 people during the year, and this will go toward that,” she said.
The money help the Salvation Army serve 13,000 holiday meals.
Susan Gilbert, who heads the Angel Tree program, said a record 1,175 requests were made through the program this year. But more than 100 weren’t returned, and she said the toys and clothing donated by Toyota employees will help fill those needs.
Toyota Mississippi President Masafumi Hamaguchi thanked the nonprofit for its work in the community and presented the check to Dorman.
“It is our commitment to help you enhance quality of life in local communities,” he said. “The community has been a great supporter of our project and we are committed to supporting the community.”