Toyota of Glendale capped 2014 by making a $25,000 donation to the Salvation Army to support its ongoing relief and rebuilding programs for Philippine typhoon victims devastated by typhoon Haiyan and more recently typhoon Hagupit.
Toyota of Glendale General Manager Patrick Kane accompanied by Philippine Consul General Leo M. Herrera-Lim presented the $25,000 check to Lt. Joshua Sneed of The Salvation Army.
“Toyota of Glendale has a personal connection to the Filipinos in the community we serve in Los Angeles county as well as Filipinos thousands of miles away in the Philippines”, said Mr. Kane. “It is our privilege to partner with the Filipino community – our customers, to help those devastated by these typhoons pick up the pieces to rebuild their lives”.
The fundraising initiative dubbed “We Care, We Share” was launched in December 2013. $100 was donated to the fund for every car sold during the campaign period.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity and support of this dealership,” said Salvation Army Executive Director Lt. Joshua Sneed. The Salvation Army is an international charitable organization and is usually among the first to arrive with help after natural or man-made disasters. For over 7 decades, the Salvation Army has been serving suffering humanity across the Philippines, as well as operating two residential care units for disadvantaged children and a crisis intervention unit for victims of human trafficking. Over 600 Filipino children are sponsored by donors from around the globe.
Philippine Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim also expressed gratitude toward the Glendale dealership for its donation and involvement in the Filipino global community. “We feel we are accepting this on behalf of the community,” he said.
Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Visayas region of the Philippines in November of 2013, wiping out entire towns – homes, schools, businesses –and leaving an estimated three million people homeless. A year since the disaster, some progress has been made but thousands of families continue to live temporary shelters and need basic necessities of life. Government and Aid Organizations estimate that it will take another three to five years to achieve a full recovery in the area.