We at Dick Dyer Toyota love when we hear stories of the opportunities Toyota has to give back to those in our communities. Here’s a recent heartwarming story of Toyota giving back to our military men and women through the Star Spangled Salute contest.
The contest solicited entries from all disabled U.S. veterans. In its second year, 1,800 veterans entered to win the gift of mobility and independence – a wheelchair accessible Toyota Sienna. The vehicle was donated by Toyota and customized with Vantage Mobility International (VMI)’s NorthStar Access 360 in-floor side entry ramp conversion.
When a name was drawn on Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, Air Force veteran Susan Kirsch became the new owner of the 2015 Sienna.
“We launched the VMI Star Spangled Salute to educate disabled veterans about their mobility options that can help them regain their independence,” said Doug Eaton, corporate communication director for VMI. “Everyone at VMI and Toyota is pleased to announce that the Kirsch family has won the van on Veteran’s Day. This wheelchair accessible van will truly transform their lives.”
The timely donation will certainly be put to good use. Kirsch uses a powerchair, while her 14-year-old son relies on a tilt in place wheelchair. Toyota and VMI’s donation provides the family with a much-needed solution to their transportation needs. Here at Dick Dyer Toyota, we are proud of Toyota for giving back to one of our nation’s finest.