Honda Associates Give Back for the Holidays
Giving back to the communities where we live and work is an ongoing commitment for Honda associates everywhere, especially during the holiday season. Associates across the U.S. participated in donating toys and food and delivering cheer to families in need.
Read below to find out how associates across the company gave back this year.
Alabama Auto Plant (AAP) associates supported 16 different local organizations with a toy and food drive, collecting over 2,500 toys and 2,500 food items. In addition, Honda Federal Credit Union donated $50 for every new or refinanced auto loan as part of its Toys for Tots drive, donating a total of $550 in addition to giving 100 toys to the organization. Honda also donated 20 associate-decorated trees to organizations and families in need.
“It’s wonderful to be part of something bigger than yourself,” shared AAP associate Vicki Slick. “I enjoy watching everyone work toward the same goal to benefit the community.” Slick, who has 19 years of service in the Air Force, has volunteered at Honda every year since she started in 2004.
Honda associates in California teamed up with the Salvation Army of Torrance to provide gifts for families and children. By participating in the Angel Tree program, associates were able to adopt “Angels” (local kids age newborn-12 years) to purchase gifts based on their wish lists. A total of 158 children were adopted this holiday season.
At Transmission Plant – Georgia, associates donated 306 toys and clothing items that supported youth in need from Haralson County Schools. In addition, a canned food drive resulted in 320 food item donations.
Associates in Alpharetta donated 136 toys to the local Toys for Tots and 134 warm weather items to North Fulton Community Charities
Indiana Auto Plant (IAP) associates donated 375 food items and 321 toys to local organizations, including The Daily News Cheer Fund, Shepherd Community Center and Greensburg YMCA. In addition, 22 poinsettia plants were donated to local nursing homes.
IAP associate Mark Taylor looks forward to the toy drive every year. “When I was younger, my parents managed a children’s home,” Taylor said. “Every Christmas, the only way the kids received gifts was through donations, which helped me understand the importance of giving back.”
Associates from Honda Power Equipment Mfg. and American Honda in North Carolina adopted families provided by the local nonprofit Christmas Cheer of Alamance County to provide toys, clothes and help with paying utilities for in-need families and seniors.
Holiday activities in Ohio included support for a number of local nonprofits helping out their community this season. This included Honda’s continued support of Care Train, as well as Our Daily Bread – Logan County, The Salvation Army – Shelby County, The Hope Center located in Union County and the West Ohio Community Action Partnership in Allen County.
More than 300 families, children and local seniors were adopted by associates. Associates also volunteered to help distribute toys, serve meals and fill holiday food baskets throughout the season. In addition, HFCU raised more than $3,000 to support Care Train food vouchers for local area families. AHM associate Lindsey Albrethsen participates in the toy drive every year and was excited to drop off gifts this year with her daughter. “It’s the first year that she is really old enough to understand what we’re doing and why,” Albrethsen explained. “I am grateful for the opportunity to show her not just what we believe in as a family, but that we work for a company that also believes in supporting the community around them.”
In addition, associates throughout the Ohio Region decorated trees & wreaths. More than 75 trees and nearly 50 wreaths were donated to families and senior centers in the community.
Associates in South Carolina participated in an Angel Tree program in partnership with the Florence County Social Services Department, which provides holiday support to in-need families in the local communities. SC associates adopted a total of 55 kids, providing them with gifts for the holiday season.
D.C. area associates participated in a virtual cold-weather clothing drive through YouGiveGoods, with a total of 78 cold weather wear items, such as coats, hats and mittens, being donated to Martha’s Table, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing a more equitable Washington, D.C.