Freedom Toyota to donate $40,000 for charities chosen by local residents

Good things happen when communities join together and help one another. That’s the philosophy of Eric Savage, president of Freedom Toyota, which is launching a new public service program to benefit a cross-section of local causes.

The Hambrug auto dealer has announced a “Giving Thanks” campaign in which a total of $40,000 will be donated to charities nominated by area residents.

“The need to help friends and neighbors here and in surrounding areas is especially evident in light of recent weather and financial-related tragedies,” said Savage. “We want to find those most in need and help them in a meaningful way. So we’re asking local residents to recommend a deserving charity.

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“We are grateful for the ways in which members of our community selflessly help others. Their diverse talents, insights, and actions create a vibrant local lifestyle that benefits all of us in so many ways. Now, with elections behind us and holidays fast approaching, we want to show our gratitude and share the region’s bounty with those less fortunate. So, we are turning to local residents for suggestions on those organizations most in need of financial donations.”

Now through Dec. 21, area residents are invited to nominate charities online at www.facebook.com/FreedomAutoGroup. Winners will be chosen at random each week and Freedom Toyota, in conjunction with Toyota Corporation, will donate $ 5,000 to each cause. The only requirement is that the nominated cause be a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit.

“The more times a charity is nominated on our Facebook page, the more chances that group has of being drawn a winner,” said Savage. “This is an opportunity for the public to show their gratitude by helping worthy causes. Whether the nominated cause supports veterans, shelters abandoned pets, serves special needs children, or provides disaster relief for families, we will honor their choices with a cash donation.”

Giving back to the community is not new to Savage whose passion for public service has become a hallmark of the auto company he heads.

“Giving back to the community is a core value at Freedom Auto,” said Savage. “I hope it will be the legacy for which we are most remembered.