On the morning of March 1, 2013, Red Cross volunteers and staff from both the North Jersey and South Jersey regions kicked off Red Cross Month together in Bay Head, New Jersey. All were present to thank Toyota for the generous donation of 19 vehicles to support Red Cross disaster services and recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy.
During the presentation, Toyota marked the day as being the first of Red Cross Month.
“Around the world and here at home, the Red Cross has been a long-standing symbol of hope,” stated Steve Haag, assistant general manager for Toyota’s New York region, with headquarters in West Caldwell, New Jersey. “In response to Sandy alone, the Red Cross has served more than 13 million meals and snacks and distributed over 7 million relief items. They have also connected residents with more than 100,000 emotional support professionals over the past five months.”
Within days after Sandy devastated New Jersey last October, Steve Haag walked into the American Red Cross chapter in Fairfield and asked what Toyota could do to help. The use of several Toyota vehicles was donated immediately to help support the massive relief operation underway.
Recognizing the strong need for vehicle support to move Red Cross manpower and resources throughout affected regions, Toyota arranged the donation of 19 Toyota vehicles for the Red Cross to use for a full year.
“The use of these Toyota vehicles will be a tremendous asset to support the ongoing work of the Red Cross throughout the regions,” said Steven G. Crawford, M.D., Chairman of the Board with the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter, as he graciously accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.
The vehicles, which include Prius and 4Runner SUVs, were presented to the Red Cross at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Bay Head. Toyota also presented a donation to Pastor Scott Bostwick to help the church with the work they’ve been doing within the Bay Head community since the storm hit.
Toyota’s Haag added, “We live and do business here and we’re committed to helping the communities where we do business and the people and organizations that serve them.”
Thank you Toyota!
See photos of the event: North Jersey Flickr Photos