Bill Bailey, Sales Manager at South Coast Toyota, and his wife Donna, are helping provide Lights for Literacy through the Bourke Family Foundation. In areas with little or no electricity, such as Africa and India, once the sun sets children have little opportunity to read or do homework. Lights for Literacy provides solar-powered book lights and other lighting for schools and classrooms. Something this simple can dramatically change a child’s life by providing the ability to read and work at night. Bill and Donna see this as a way to promote literacy, which is the key to ending poverty in these remote areas.
In his free time, Albert Arceo, service technician at Toyota of Riverside, serves as President of the Junior All American Football Assn. in Rialto. Over the holidays Albert orchestrated a toy drive for Olivecrest in conjunction with the JAAF Super Bowl. Councilman Joe Baca attended the event, and congratulated Albert and the Toyota of Riverside team for collecting over 150 gift wishes for the children. The dealership also adopted and provided three families with gas, groceries and department store gift cards. Thank-you, Albert and Toyota of Riverside for being the miracle in these children’s lives!
The boys of St. Innocent Orphanage in Mexico are enjoying a brand-new-to-them Toyota 4Runner, courtesy of Orange Rotary and Weir Canyon Honda. The SUV had just been through reconditioning at the dealership when Steve Almond of Orange Rotary found it on the wilsonautomotive.com website. When General Manager Paul Swim found out the Rotary was purchasing the vehicle for St. Innocent, he wanted to help. They worked together on the purchase, and Steve drove the truck to St. Innocent on February 7.
St. Innocent prides itself on giving these abused, abandoned and orphaned boys many firsts in their lives: a first Christmas present, first birthday party, first home where there is no fear of abuse, first time participating in sports or outdoor activities. These firsts add up to the healing and building of their souls. This 4Runner will be vital to helping these boys experience many of these things for the first time. Father Nicholas, who lives at the orphanage with the boys, says “We will be making full use of this great new 4Runner – taking the boys to school, soccer, field trips and our seasonal camping trips. Our heartfelt thanks to Orange Rotary and Wilson Automotive for making this possible.”