Four months ago, the Northeast was hit by a storm we’ll never forget. While the damage Hurricane Sandy inflicted last fall can never be undone, we’ve been touched and inspired by the road to recovery our local community has banded together to forge.
I’m Steve Haag, assistant general manager for Toyota’s New York region and a New Jerseyan. On March 1, my colleagues and I gathered at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Bay Head, N.J., to honor those making an impact rebuilding our community after the devastation of Sandy.
That includes people like Pastor Scott Bostwick and his congregation at St. Paul’s, who have opened the doors of their church to everyone, people of all faiths and all walks of life. It includes the hardworking people who power the Red Cross, a long-standing symbol of hope around the world. In response to Sandy alone, the Red Cross has served more than 13 million meals and snacks and distributed more than 7 million relief items.
It’s in their honor that we donated the “Toyota Helps” fleet, 19 Toyota vehicles to support relief transportation in the tri-state for one full year, to the Red Cross. We’re also giving a 4Runner SUV to Saint Paul’s to help them with local cleanup. Plus, we’ve stocked that 4Runner with an Apple Mac Book Pro, a new iPad, a solar keyboard – and a check for $10,000 to support Scott and his congregation’s ongoing relief efforts, thanks to the Greater NJ/New York Toyota Dealer Association.
We gathered in New Jersey last week not only to show our community that they are still being supported four months after the disaster’s immediate aftermath, when we first gave $1 million, but to bring their ongoing recovery efforts to light. We thought we just might inspire some of you to lend a hand, too – what do you say?
To learn more about the Red Cross’ Sandy relief efforts and find out more about how you can get involved, please visit: http://rdcrss.org/VOKpSS
For more details on the United Methodist Church’s disaster response to Sandy, including how to help or donate, please visit: http://bit.ly/13p1eIg