GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Over the summer, Feed My Sheep desperately needed a new delivery van. Coincidentally, Toyota happened to be holding a contest it called its 100 Cars for Good program. That combination pays dividends Thursday morning, when Toyota delivers a 2013 Sienna Minivan to the Gulfport soup kitchen.
Ted Riemann remember the June Facebook vote very well. As chairman of Feed My Sheep, he reached out to friends and supporters, and encouraged them to vote for his non-profit to win the van. "We are extremely thankful to everyone who voted for Feed My Sheep," Riemann said this week, as his group prepared to receive the new set of wheels.
Thursday morning at 11:00, the Feed My Sheep team will be at Allen Toyota in Gulfport. That's where staff members will be handed the keys to their new Sienna. "A new vehicle will help us continue our mission of feeding the homeless and homebound in our community," said Riemann.
Feed My Sheep was one of 4,000 non-profits to apply for Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program. By June 27, the Gulfport soup kitchen was one of five finalists. By getting the most Facebook votes, Feed My Sheep won the contest, and got to choose one of six Toyotas to add to its fleet.
A few hours after Feed My Sheep receives its vehicle, the focus will turn to Estabrook Toyota and the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA. The YMCA won a separate competition, and will also receive a new Toyota. That presentation is at 2:30 Thursday afternoon.
Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program is a philanthropic initiative in which the automaker awarded 100 cars to 100 non-profits over the course of 100 days.