BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (WTVA) - Toyota employees have volunteered their time for several projects.
Issues with supply chains have put stress on the carmaker’s production. This includes a pause in production at the facility in Blue Springs.
Toyota workers filled and decorated duffel bags for the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services. Photo Date: Sept. 22, 2021.
During this time, workers have engaged in community projects such as blood donation, packing backpacks for students and building a frame for a house.
This is part of the company’s community service paid time.
On Wednesday employees stuffed approximately 400 duffel bags with hygiene items, school supplies and stuffed toys.
These are for the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services (CPS).
"It means the world to us and our children,” CPS Office Director Roland Williams said. “We cannot do our jobs alone and it takes the community and great stakeholders like Toyota to do that. They've really provided a wonderful service for us."
Toyota employees have accumulated more than 2,240 hours of volunteer work.
"Even during our production time, we do a lot of volunteerism in the community,” Toyota Vice President of Administration Emily Lauder said. “It's not unique for us to do these volunteer activities. What's unique is we're doing during un-production."
She said the facility will gradually restart its production line beginning on Monday.