While Steve Landers Auto Group doesn't have any dealerships in Texas (yet), as we dig out from the recent record snowfall here in Arkansas, everyone at Steve Landers Toyota of Little Rock and Steve Landers Toyota of Northwest Arkansas has been saddened by the toll the recent bout of winter weather and extended sub-zero temperatures have taken on the Lone Star State. Though we love making digs at Texas teams when the Razorbacks are taking them on in football, that doesn't mean we don't feel it when other Americans and American families are hurting.

That's why we were so proud to see Toyota step up to help. Toyota has deep ties to Texas, including building the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra in San Antonio. Toyota North America is headquartered there too, so when it was time to give back, it wasn't surprising they jumped in with both feet.

To that end, Toyota recently announced that in addition to helping affected Texas Toyota owners defer or delay their payments along with other help, Toyota will pledge $1 million in financial help for communities hurt by the storm. The aid will include benefit a host of non-profit organizations in the state.

“We take our role as community leaders seriously," said Sean Suggs, VP for Toyota. "So when winter storms affected millions right in our backyard, our top priority became helping Texas get back on its feet after this ordeal. Texans have supported our company in myriad ways, and we want to help our neighbors emerge from this storm stronger than ever.”

Organizations that will be helped by the $1 million from Toyota are located in Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston. They include: 

  • $450,000 for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, in support of North Texas Cares and West Dallas nonprofits. 

  • $100,000 for North Texas Food Bank.

  • $30,000 for The Family Place and Genesis Women’s Shelter to fund hotel rooms, food, and transportation for their clients.

  • $100,000 for SAWS Community Pipe Repair Fund, through the San Antonio Area Foundation to assist individuals and families stay in their homes safely with funds for plumbing repairs. 

  • $200,000 for Let’s Help San Antonio Fund to provide food, water and shelter.

  • $50,000 for United Way of Greater Houston to support the Greater Houston 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund. 

  • $50,000 for Houston Food Bank.

  • $20,000 for CrowdSource Rescue to provide food, water and fuel.

In addition, Toyota Financial Services is offering payment relief for any customer affected by the storm who is currently buying or leasing a Toyota or Lexus through TFS and lives in the federally-designated disaster area, including: extensions and lease deferred payments, redirecting billing statements to customers' temporary housing and arranging phone or online payment options. For more information, Toyota Financial Services customers may call 800-874-8822 or or visit ToyotaFinancial.com.

We're happy to see the Toyota brand helping so much for those who have been displaced or or suffering due to this unprecedented winter storm. It's just that kind of compassion, empathy and drive we try to put into everything we do at Steve Landers Toyota in Little Rock and NWA. if you need a quality new Toyota or pre-owned vehicle, come see us! 

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