CITY NEWS SERVICE
Toyota has donated a Prius and a Tundra to the Red Cross Los Angeles Region so it can update its fleet of disaster response vehicles, and two more vehicles will be donated later.
The vehicles were presented July 21 at Toyota’s Torrance-based headquarters.
Toyota has committed to donating two additional vehicles to the Red Cross. The four 2011 vehicles will replace older cars and trucks now used to provide assistance to displaced residents during large disasters like wildfires, as well as multi-family residential fires that occur every week.
“The versatility of Toyota’s line of vehicles has allowed us to pick specific models that perfectly fit our wide range of needs,” said Michael Kleiner, director, Emergency and Disaster Response, Red Cross Los Angeles Region.
“Whether we are towing equipment trailers; transporting teams of disaster workers to local incidents; or simply providing a means for a caseworker to go out and meet with a disaster-affected family, we have been able to select models that precisely fit each niche.”
Toyota is a long-time supporter of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region. In April, the company contributed $25,000 as a sponsor of the group’s Red Tie Gala. In 2007, Toyota donated more than $2 million to assist victims of the Southern California wildfires.