Taking Care of Community
But when the full scope of the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent, it posed unprecedented challenges for many of the communities where we do business. Hospitals overrun. Schools closed. Businesses shut down. Families isolated.
Nevertheless, one by one, Toyota dealers across the country pitched in to help.
Dealers like Sand Mountain Toyota in Albertville, Alabama. Schools in the dealer’s community shut down in mid-March to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, without a school-provided lunch, many children in the community could go hungry.
Sand Mountain Toyota answered the need and now offers free lunches to children three days a week until school reopens.
Sand Mountain Toyota associates prepared meals for local children in need. The COVID-19 pandemic closed local schools, meaning many children would miss their daily meals. Sand Mountain Toyota stepped in to fill the gap and provide free meals. Editor’s note: this photo was taken before widespread social distancing was advised.
“We would love to have the kids come, but if parents or guardians come to get lunches for their kids, that will be OK,” says Mark Brickey, president of Sand Mountain Toyota.
Brickey is just one of several dealers doing their part to help during the COVID-19 crisis. Here are just a few examples of the nationwide response from our dealer family:
- Beaver Toyota of St. Augustine (St. Augustine, Florida) offered free interior vehicle disinfecting services to the local sheriff's department.
- High Country Toyota (Scottsboro, Alabama) installed bird feeders in the courtyard at Cloverdale Manor, a local rehabilitation and nursing center, so that anyone under lockdown could have something nice to look at outside their windows.
- Larry H. Miller Dealerships offered a complimentary concierge vehicle pick-up and drop-off service for customers with service appointments in an effort to help those whose health might be at risk, and those who are providing critical services get to work.
- Toyota of Lincoln Park and Toyota of Lincolnwood (Chicago, Illinois) offered a free oil change, along with pick-up and drop-off service within five miles of the dealerships to all first responders, health care workers and law enforcement. They also partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and are matching all donations up to $30,000. The donations can be made through any of the dealerships’ websites as well as through the Depository’s website.
- Dahl Toyota (Winona, Minnesota) created a $50,000 Team Member Fund, available to employees who are struggling financially at this time.
- Estabrook Toyota (Moss Point, Mississippi) delivered “Backpack Buddy” lunches to kids who are out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Kinsel Toyota (Beaumont, Texas) offered free grocery delivery for anyone age 65 or up. Customers just place an order at a local grocery store, then call the dealership. Grocery orders were dropped at the customer’s door, free of charge.
- Vandergriff Toyota (Arlington, Texas) shopping is online or by appointment only, with most customer consultations happening by video chat. Test drives are prohibited, but customers can return a car within three days, no questions asked. The dealership offered free oil changes for first responders; they are $9.95 for anyone else.
- Toyota of New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana) provided free meals to anyone in need, no questions asked, through the Giving Hope Foundation.
- Greg LeBlanc Toyota (Houma, Louisiana) installed “Stay Safe!” billboards across the community.