Eva’s Heroes was the recipient of a $15,000 donation, as well as a specially outfitted Toyota Sienna, from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas during a celebration of the plant’s 15th anniversary on Oct. 19.
The monetary gift from Toyota Texas will help Eva’s Heroes provide programming for individuals with intellectual special needs on the South Side of San Antonio, where the plant is located and where many of its team members live. As a special surprise, a Toyota Sienna equipped with an Auto Access Seat was also donated to the nonprofit to enhance the mobility of the program and its participants.
“We cannot thank Toyota Texas enough for the incredible $15,000 contribution and beautiful Toyota Sienna that will help with transportation for our participants on the South Side, where Eva’s Heroes will begin offering programming by next year,” said Christiane Perkins-Garcia, co-founder and interim executive director.
Toyota Texas' over 3,000 team members and 4,000 on-site supplier team members are celebrating building over 2.2 million Tacoma and Tundra trucks since the plant opened. These accomplishments were highlighted by community donations to mark the plant’s anniversary and the 300th anniversary of San Antonio.
“San Antonio embraced Toyota Texas as a member of the community when we broke ground here in 2003,” said Yoshi Nagatani, TMMTX plant president. “We have since enjoyed a strong partnership and look forward to continuing to support the needs of our neighbors right here in the South Side of San Antonio.”
Since 2003, TMMTX has contributed $45 million in donations to the community. Other recipients of the 15th anniversary celebration include:
- With an emphasis on STEM education, TMMTX contributed $15,000 to Palo Alto College’s STEM Center, which will work in tandem with the new CAST STEM campus at Southwest Legacy High School. The Toyota USA Foundation donated $1.7 million to that campus in April 2017.
- Toyota’s global commitment to the environment is reflected in a $15,000 donation to EPIcenter to fund alternative energy development through its energy incubator program.
- With a focus on safety, TMMTX’s third donation provided $30,000 to purchase 300 car seats for Buckle Up for Life through University Health System. The installation of 300 car seats is symbolic of San Antonio’s tricentennial year and will educate and empower families to buckle up and go safely.