Toray Plastics (America), Inc.’s 12th Annual Toys for Tots and Navy Caring and Sharing Breakfast, held on December 11, was the company’s most successful holiday charity event ever. More than 80 Toray employees gathered at Toray headquarters to celebrate the spirit of the season, helping the company to raise $3,500 for the Newport Naval Station’s Caring and Sharing program and to collect 600 toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The $3,500, which included funds contributed by the company, was presented on December 14 to Master Chief Shannon Howe of the Newport Naval Station.
The Newport Naval Station’s Caring and Sharing program allows the Naval Command to provide holiday food baskets to sailors and their families who might otherwise not be able to have a special holiday dinner. The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program aims to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas and unite local communities in a common cause. The 600 toys donated by Toray will be distributed to local families.
“Toray’s generosity has touched us in ways that allow us to touch others. You are true Americans,” says Master Chief Howe. Last year 68 junior enlisted service people and their families received Christmas baskets.
“I’m extremely proud of Toray employees,” says Lisa Ahart, Vice President of U.S. Corporate Human Resources and Environment Health and Safety. “Their dedication to and enthusiasm for these important local causes will make a difference in the lives of many people this holiday season. Thinking of others, especially those who are less fortunate, is what the holidays are about.”