Toyota is helping victims of the catastrophic flooding in Eastern Kentucky. The historic flooding is to blame for at least 37 deaths according to news reports. Last week, the automaker announced $750,000 in donations to assist with immediate needs and long-term recovery efforts. Toyota also says its employees are holding donation drives to support immediate needs.
Toyota says the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky – Flood Relief Fund will receive $500,000 to help support families throughout eastern Kentucky struggling for access to shelter, food, water and other basic needs.
SBP, Toyota's longstanding disaster resilience, response and recovery partner, will receive $250,000 to help guide survivors as they navigate the federal funding application and appeals processes, share on-line recovery tools and work with high-risk communities on how to mitigate and prepare for future disasters.
"When disasters like this occur, it's important that we do everything possible to help ensure Kentuckians have the support and resources needed to recover and rebuild," said Tellis Bethel, group vice president, chief social innovation officer, Toyota Motor North America. "Our hearts go out to all of those impacted."
Toyota also says it's providing double-matching contributions for all donations made by U.S.-based employees to support The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, SBP and The American Red Cross.
Additionally, Toyota says it will match all contributions made by its dealer partners as a part of the effort.
There is also help for Toyota and Lexus lease and finance customers through Toyota and Lexus Financial Services. Customers residing in the affected areas may be eligible to take advantage of several payment relief options, which include extensions and deferred payments, redirecting billing statements and arranging phone or online payments.
For questions, contact Toyota or Lexus financial services at the numbers below:
- Toyota Financial Services customers: Call 800-874-8822 or contact TFS via email using the Mail Center function after logging into ToyotaFinancial.com.
- Lexus Financial Services customers: Call 800-874-7050 or contact LFS via email using the Mail Center function after logging into LexusFinancial.com.