With the Holiday season upon us, several local car dealerships are doing their bit to help those less fortunate.
In many cases, this is on top of the various contributions they make to the community, such as supplying shuttle vehicles to the HomeJames program, which is also very active this time of year.
Bolton Hyundai is running a toy drive, according to General Sales Manager Bill Gokavi. He said the proceeds are slated to go to the Salvation Army, and people can drop off contributions in the showroomIn addition to their contribution to HomeJames, Brian Hoecht, general manager of Caledon Chrysler, said members of the public have the chance to help them direct charitable contributions.
Hoecht said the Caledon dealership, in cooperation with North York Chrysler in Thornhill are inviting people to vote on the charitable cause to which $25,000 will be directed.
“It’s that time of year,” he commented. “We’ve had a good year and we want to give back to our communities.”
Bolton Nissan is also running a toy drive for the holidays, with the public invited to drop off contributions at the dealership.
“It’s about giving, right?” General Sales Manager Kuljit Batra remarked.
Bolton Honda is involved in a couple of charitable activities, according to General Sales Manager Chris Holmes.
He said Honda Canada has asked each dealership to take part in the CHUM Christmas Wish program. Members of the public can drop off contributions and receive a ballot to win a 2015 Honda Civic Sedan EX. He said things have been a little slow so far, but he’s expecting the activity to pick up as Christmas draws near.
The other project is a toy drive in partnership with the Auto Planet Group.
“It’s been a slow start,” Holmes commented. “Once people start seeing stuff, it becomes a little contagious.”
Written by Bill Rea