Providence TrinityKids Care will receive a free Toyota Sienna Mobility van to better serve the community after being recognized as a winner of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program.
The nonprofit organization achieved success in part because of your clicks/votes on Facebook to help TrinityKids Care reach the needed votes in the competition. The Toyota 100 Cars for Good program is awarding 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.
Public voting began on May 9 and continues for 100 consecutive days. Each day, five organizations are profiled on Toyota’s Facebook page and voters may vote for the charity they feel is most deserving of the vehicle. TrinityKids Care was profiled on Toyota’s Facebook page last Tuesday, along with four other finalists, and came out on top because of your help.
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Voters may place one vote per day for the remainder of the program.
According to Michael Rouse, Toyota Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Affairs, the car program has been extremely popular and useful in combining different forces for the good of local communities.
“The outpouring of support and interest in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program has been tremendous,” Rouse said. “It is amazing to see how this program has brought individuals, organizations and communities together. We are equally excited to see TrinityKids Care utilize their new vehicle to do good in the community.”
Established a decade ago, TrinityKids served 150 pediatric patients last year. Most suffer terminal cancer or neurological disorders and many have rare congenital illnesses. TrinityKids offers in home care for children in their final months, and helps guide parents through the heart wrenching process associated with these illnesses.
The emotional support is crucial, but help with day-to-day challenges – including transportation – is also offered by the hospice staff. The awarded Sienna Mobility van will accommodate patients in wheelchairs and be used to take children and their families to appointments, social events and other routine trips.
Barbara Roberts, Executive Director of the Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation, said the award is an exciting addition and is evidence of the broad network of support that exists for the organization and those TrinityKids Care provides for.
“We are thrilled to have won this van through the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, and to have made such a positive impression within Providence and nationwide for Providence TrinityKids Care,” Roberts said. “Supporters from within Providence and across the nation came together to support us in this quest to help our patients and their families.”