How the Brands We Sell at Landers Auto Group are Giving Back During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Many of us are struggling right now, but some are struggling more than others. With business closures, layoffs and shortages, many have been having trouble making ends meet. Students and teachers were forced to take the classroom online, and Class of 2020 high school and college graduates had to get creative with drive-through ceremonies. Essential workers like doctors, nurses and patient care technicians have been working tirelessly to provide care, even with shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). The manufacturers that we work with at Steve Landers Auto Group have taken notice, and they’ve done their best to give back. Here are the ways they have shown their support!
Kia Motors America
In March, Kia Motors America began their “Accelerate the Good initiative” by donating N95 masks and gloves to medical facilities throughout Orange County, California, where the brand is headquartered in the U.S. Additionally, Kia Motors Manufacturing has used a portion of Kia’s U.S. plants to produce protective face shields in response to shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare workers. Kia will gradually increase their face shield production to 200,000 shields a month. The next donations will be delivered to medical facilities in Southern California and New York.
Toyota North America
Toyota has donated thousands of gloves, cotton swabs, safety glasses, and other supplies from their manufacturing and parts distribution centers across the U.S. to help protect those on the front lines. Additionally, Toyota’s TILT Lab is partnering closely with the company’s R&D, Engineering and Toyota AI Ventures teams to create face shields and visors. So far, they have donated over 500,000 faceshields to frontline healthcare workers. Additionally, the Toyota USA Foundation has awarded $2.5 million in grants to non-profit organizations supporting COVID-19 relief. These funds address critical needs such as food assistance and online learning for youth.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
FCA pledged to provide more that one million meals to ensure that children who rely on school lunches don’t go hungry. Through their partnership with No Kid Hungry, they have supported schools, community groups and organizations all over the country to feed America’s youth. FCA Canada made a $100,000 donation to United Way in Windsor and Essex county in Ontario to support vulnerable children and families during this difficult time. The donation provides them with access to essentials like food pantries, grocery gift cards and meal delivery services.
Chevrolet converted their plant in Kokomo, Indiana to build ventilators and an employee-led initiative at their Warren, Michigan facility is leading the production of thousands of surgical masks a day. Chevrolet and Cadillac have also partnered with the American Red Cross for their SleevesUp blood donation program. Due to blood drives being cancelled due to the pandemic, the American Red Cross is facing a severe shortage of blood. You can take the pledge to donate blood here.
Times are tough, but it will get better, and we at Steve Landers Auto Group are here for your essential transportation and service needs. To accommodate our customers at this time, we are offering no- contact sales and service and our new Landers Direct service in which we collect your vehicle, take it to the shop and return it to you. If you have other special needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll get through this together!
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