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Toyota Steps up to Help Provide COVID-19 Relief

Posted at Thu, Apr 9, 2020 9:00 AM

We as a society have never needed to work together more than right now, with the world beset by uncertainty. Fortunately, when it comes to generosity and innovation, Toyota is never in short supply and is always willing to going above and beyond in order to help those who are in need during these trying times.

To prove this point, Toyota has stepped up to make donations of money and medical supplies, as well as begin fabrication of medical devices to deliver to hospitals that require them most. Uplifting news is in short supply recently, and that’s why Westbury Toyota is proud to shed more light on Toyota’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and help everyone on Long Island and across the rest of the world continue the process of returning to normalcy.

Donating to COVID-19 Emergency Relief

Toyota Motor North America, as well as all of its affiliates spanning 13 states, have donated a total of $500,000 to the United Way. The money will go toward providing aid to those who are currently struggling, giving them help with water, food, childcare, and other needs that might arise in this time of crisis. Other monetary donations have been made to the United Way in other municipalities and cities. In addition to this donation, Toyota has also donated the following in various places throughout the country:

  • Masks and gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Material for mask fabrication
  • Cotton swabs
  • Face shields
  • Surgical caps
  • Tyvek suits
  • Boot covers
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Cleaning supplies

These donations are meant to take some of the stress off of healthcare workers who are currently working without the supplies required and to ensure that hospitals and clinics are able to stay disinfected and clean in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Fabricating Medical Supplies

The fact that many hospitals are lacking in medical supplies has been all over the news and given current circumstances it is an alarming fact. Toyota is working to alleviate this issue by making use of several of its facilities to 3-D fabricate face shields. The automaker is also collaborating with companies that make medical devices in order to speed up the manufacturing of respirators, ventilators, and other crucial devices that hospitals need to efficiently and safely deal with the pandemic crisis.

“Toyota’s core value has always been to contribute to society in meaningful ways beyond providing mobility for our customers. With our plants idled and our dealers focused on servicing customers, we are eager to contribute our expertise and know-how in order to help quickly bring to market the medical supplies and equipment needed to combat the COVID crisis. Our message to the medical equipment community is we are here to help, please utilize our expertise.”
– Ted Ogawa, incoming CEO, Toyota Motor North America

Curbing the spread of COVID-19 is paramount and should be the focus of any and all companies that have the ability to assist in any capacity. Toyota considers it a duty, which is why they are ready to kick off mass production of 3D printed face shields in Houston, Dallas, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Toyota is also ready to start producing COVID-19 masks but is searching for a company that creates filters for partnership. Toyota’s Production System Support Center (TSCC) is providing engineering and manufacturing knowledge to companies in order to help them increase their capacity. They are also collaborating with hospitals in order to organize and set up efficient COVID-19 drive-through testing sites.

Everyone Must Do Their Part

Our world is currently facing an unprecedented crisis and it is imperative that we come together not only to stop the spread of the virus, but to take care of one another. Whether it is assisting with creating medical supplies or making donations to help those very much in need, Toyota is striving to do their part in ensuring we all get through this together.

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