PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — This holiday season — and all year long — donations from people like you can make a difference in the lives of families in need. On Friday, dozens of Toyota Tundras rumbled through Philadelphia with one mission in mind — to haul away hunger.READ MORE: AIDS Walk Philly, Region's Largest HIV Awareness Event, Underway At Art Museum
People from all over are coming together to help people put food on their plates and it’s a big collaborative effort involving Toyota, the anti-hunger group Philabundance, CBS3 and so many others.
“This will feed about 18,000 families for one week, fresh produce, things like that. But the need is not just in December, it’s year round, so one of the things Toyota does is provide year round,” said Glenn Bergman, executive director for Philabundance.
A caravan of Toyota Tundra pickup trucks drove into a parking lot outside of Citizens Bank Park this morning, each hauling 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food that was donated. That food is then transferred to tractor-trailers for Philabundance, an organization dedicated to feeding those in need.READ MORE: Religious Leaders Putting Faith Into Action To Stop Gun Violence In Philadelphia
“These are people who fell on hard times through no fault of their own in many cases and need the help and they’re people that are your neighbors your friends,” said Paul Muller, president of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association.
Some union organizations are among those doing the heavy lifting to transfer the food.
“It’s a really heartwarming feeling because if I was in that position, I’d want the same thing. Knowing that people care about you, it goes a long way,” said Patrick Sullivan of Local 542.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Officer, Civilian Involved In Crash In Kingsessing, Police Say
It was a chilly Friday morning but many people didn’t notice because they were more focused on giving back. Even Gritty helped out in his own special way.