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What is Motor4Toys? STORY BY DUSTIN TROYAN
hat is Motor4Toys Charitable Foundation and why do what we do? Over the years, Motor4Toys has grown to be one of the countryâ€™s most successful toy drives during the holiday season. It started with a simple idea; to help Children during the holiday season by throwing a huge car show and asking participants to bring toys! It was truly that simple. After the success of the first year, we had to grow up real fast. We became a Foundation (501(c)(3) and worked our tails off to make the event more successful. The premise of the Foundation still remains the same; help as many children during the holiday season as possible. A point of pride with everyone involved with Motor4Toys is that we operate as a 100% charity, there are no salaries paid and all efforts are donated. Over the course of seven years we have collected millions of dollarsâ€™ worth of toys, not only from the car show, but from a concurrent toy drive that takes place throughout the month of December. We partner with schools and businesses and collect all that we can. It is amazing. The question that comes up every year is why did it begin, why did we try to make a difference? For myself, I have always felt fortunate. I suppose it is in my DNA to be optimistic and grateful, but most of it has to do with my parents. I was very lucky to live in a home that had two loving parents who sacrificed to give us more. My father was an orphan raised at Boys Town. Boys Town was an orphanage operated by Catholic Brothers. My Fatherâ€™s entire upbringing and well being were due to the generosity of others. My mother was born in Tennessee and at a young age she and her family
migrated north, as many Southerners did to work in the auto factories in Detroit. She and her family were like many others who got along with what they had. Often, this wasnâ€™t much. Both my parents grew up with hardships that I will never know. They grew up hungry, they grew up with clothes that had holes in them or that had been passed down or used. My father grew up without parents and never being adopted. Both my parents ending up in careers helping others. My mother was an LAUSD teacher for almost 30 years. She put in more time and effort that anyone else. She won award after award and still receives letters from her past students and donates her time at her old school. My Father worked as a social worker for the county for almost 30 years. He too went out of his way, often visiting patients on his time and sometimes taking me along. They were always compassionate and still are. My parentsâ€™ influence as well as knowing their histories is what I give credit for my motivation in starting Motor4toys. After the second year of Motor4Toys, my mom told me that â€œthere were times when we were young, if it was not for the Salvation Army, we would not have had a toy.â€? I always had toysâ€Śâ€Ś.. The best part of Motor4Toys beyond the toys we collect is that Motor4Toys is not just me or Heather, Kathleen and her family, Lori and her Crew, Rich and the Bird, but all those who pull together during the season to make Motor4Toys what it has become. Motor4toys is a reflection of the car community. Motor4Toys is every person that picks up donated toys, that posts on a forum, that gets their club involved. Mo-
tor4Toys is you! It has grown to be such an amazing event that now helps over 35,000 kids each year. You are Motor4toys. This year, more kids than ever need our help. There are so many different ways to assist: from donating toys, to getting others to attend with toys, to donating products to the raffle or sponsoring the event. Perhaps a toy drive at your business (Motor4Toys can provide the boxes)? Every toy counts. All kids are innocent and deserve something during the holiday season. I would ask you to attend and support Motor4Toys on Dec. 4th. It is going to be a great show for a great reason. Thank you for your many years of support and for being a part of the Motor4Toys Team and Family. tXXXNPUPSUPZTDPN tUI"OOVBM.PUPS5PZT$IBSJUZ$BS4IPX t4VOEBZ%FD BNUP/PPO t"OUIFN#VJMEJOH 0YOBSE4USFFU 8PPEMBOE)JMMT $"
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