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!

Safe Driving Advice: Holiday Travel Tips

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As if the holidays aren’t stressful enough, they had to put them in the coldest and iciest months of the year, right when driving to your relative’s house two states away could not be less appealing. If you’re one of those unfortunate long distance drivers, follow these holiday travel tips to make your drive as safe and low-stress as possible.

First, before you leave, take your car for a checkup at the dealer. You don’t want to travel in a car that can’t take the distance or the cold. Once you’re given the all-clear, start preparing your vehicle and put together an emergency kit. This will come in handy in case you go skid off the road or have a breakdown.

When you drive long distances, you should only drive when you’re completely awake. Get a good night sleep the night before the trip and keep snacks and water in the car to keep you hydrated and energized. If you’re with another person who can drive, switch off frequently!

Figure out the route and driving times with the least traffic—this will bring down your stress levels and make it safer to drive.

Do you have any tips to add? Let us know in the comments below! Happy holidays, folks! Drive safe!

Things To Do in Columbia This December

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December is a very exciting time of the year, one filled with family, fun, gift giving, and spending quality time with loved ones. With family and friends in town for the holidays, you are probably looking for some fun things to do in Columbia this December to entertain your guests.

Look no further! Here are some events to help make your holiday season that much more special:

  • Blue Christmas Elvis Special
    • The Workshop Theatre: Dec. 7
  • Christmas at Kensington Mansion:
    • Kensington Mansion: Dec. 6 – Jan. 12
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
    • Columbia Children’s Theatre: Dec. 6-9
  • Holiday Lights on the River
    • Saluda Shoals Park: now through Dec. 31
  • Lights Before Christmas
    • The Riverbanks Zoo: now through Dec. 30
  • Paint with Santa
    • Art Smart Academy: Dec 8
  • Columbia City Ballet’s Nutcracker
    • Kroger Center for the Arts: Dec 8-16
  • Bah Humbug – Scrooge’s Christmas Musical
    • Town Theatre: Dec. 14-16
  • Nights of Wonder
    • Saluda Shoals Park: Dec. 14-23
  • Train Rides with Santa
    • South Carolina Railroad Museum: now through Dec. 15
  • Crafty Feast Independent Craft Fair
    • Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center: Dec. 15

From checking out Christmas lights around town to attending the Nutcracker ballet, this December is sure to be an exciting one! For more information about these events, visit http://www.columbiacvb.com/visitors/things-to-do/.