Toyota and Food Banks Work Together to Serve More People

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Toyota in West Virginia and New York have used manufacturing processes to help non-profits better serve their communities.

This holiday season, Toyota and food banks worked together to serve even more people in need. Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) shared some valuable best practices from its manufacturing processes to help the Facing Hunger Food Bank in Huntington, West Virginia be more productive.

With this collaboration, the food bank’s backpack program, which provides food to young people, became 600% more efficient. In addition, Toyota was able to help the food bank increase its warehouse storage by two-thirds.

“Better serving the community was the ultimate goal,” says Charles Jarrell, TMMWV training and development specialist. “More than that, it was incredibly rewarding to watch the food bank staff learn, grow and challenge their assumptions about how best to serve the community. This just goes to show the things we do every day at the plant can be applied anywhere and make a dramatic impact.”

This isn’t the first time Toyota has shared its manufacturing knowledge to help non-profit groups. In 2013, after Hurricane Sandy, Toyota helped Food Bank for New York City cut down on wait times for meals and helped a food warehouse pack and distribute meals more efficiently to those affected by the storm.

We at Dick Dyer Toyota are proud to be part of a company that not only provides monetary assistance to charities, but helps give them the tools they need to serve even more people.

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

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Set easy to obtain New Year’s Resolutions for yourself to make your year even better!

January is here, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a New Year’s resolution. However, while many Americans do make resolutions, only about 8% actually keep them. If you want to be part of that 8%, here are some tips on making resolutions you can keep.

The first thing to consider is whether your resolution is actually something you can do. For example, resolving to spend more time with family is great, but your life isn’t magically going to have more time in it. Instead, figure out what your true priorities are and delegate lesser responsibilities to others, even if that means hiring someone else to do some yardwork or housecleaning.

If you’ve been yearning for love in your life, avoid resolving to find it. This will only put more pressure on any blossoming relationships and could force feelings that aren’t really there. Instead, try focusing on yourself this year and you might be surprised how your inner confidence and glow attracts the right kind of people into your life.

Another step in actually succeeding with your goals is by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable goals. For example, if you want to save $5,000 this year, set a goal of $100 a week. If you can do that, you will more than reach your goal by the end of the year.

What resolutions are you setting for 2017? Let us at Dick Dyer Toyota know in the comments below!

The Best Christmas Events in Columbia, SC This Year

Christmas Events in Columbia

Columbia has its share of activities and attractions taking place this December. Check out some of these Christmas events in Columbia!

A great way to celebrate the time leading up to Christmas is to spend the holiday season attending festive events. Columbia has its share of activities and attractions taking place this December. Here are some of the Christmas events in Columbia that we’re looking forward to most.

Holiday Lights on the River: Attend the area’s largest drive-thru light show at Saluda Shoals Park, where more than a million lights are glowing. Until December 31st, there will be nightly activities, too. There’s a new entrance this year, so get directions at http://www.icrc.net/holiday-lights.

Laser Holidays: For an indoor light display, head to the SC State Museum, where a holiday-themed laser light show is projected in its planetarium. These musically choreographed laser displays are on weekends only. The planetarium is also showing a scientific, immersive experience studying the Bethlehem Star and its possible origin. Buy tickets at http://scmuseum.org/explore/planetarium/.

Main Street ICE: The city’s outdoor skating rink is the “cool” place to be; prices are affordable and the rink is open most evenings. Head to Boyd Plaza to show off your smooth moves—or to test your balance! Information is at http://columbiaparksandrecreationfoundation.org/mainstreetice/.

A Christmas Carol: No Christmas would be complete without a viewing of Dickens’ classic story. See Ebenezer Scrooge learn the error of his ways as the Town Theatre performs a musical version of A Christmas Carol. Tickets available at http://towntheatre.com/a-christmas-carol-the-musical/.

For a full list of the numerous other Christmas events in Columbia this winter, from theater shows to Santa meets, visit https://merrychristmascolumbia.com/category/holiday-events/.

How to Host a Memorable Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Host a Memorable Thanksgiving DinnerHost a Memorable Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is one of the most important holidays of the year, as it celebrates a great moment in our country’s history and brings together family from all corners of the globe. If you’re lucky enough to be the one hosting your Thanksgiving dinner, you may feel pressure to put on a nice party. Here’s how to make your Thanksgiving dinner a memorable one.

 

Let People Help

While you may be tempted to try to tackle all of the tasks yourself, delegation is your best friend. Let other people help you decorate, clean, or make some of the dishes. It will take a lot of stress off your shoulders.

Prepare Early

Try to get as much prepared ahead of time as possible. The less that you have to do the day of the party, the less stressful it’s going to be.

Make What’s Familiar

Stick with recipes that you are familiar with so that you don’t find yourself running around at the last minute trying to replace a dish that didn’t turn out as well as planned.

 

Most importantly, relax and have fun. It may seem stressful at the time, but it’s really just a party with all of your closest friends and family members, so there’s no reason to panic if things don’t go quite as planned. Remembering this will help you host a memorable Thanksgiving dinner everyone will enjoy.