Children and art came together as Toyota Financial Services national headquarters kicked off “Making Life Easier Month” and “National Boys & Girls Club Week” with Be Artistic Day. TFS President and CEO George Borst welcomed 100 children from the Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles and encouraged them to use their imagination when working on their art project – drawing their dream car. More than 30 TFS associates volunteered their time to help the kids visualize their dream cars, which were everything from vehicles made of pizza or ice cream to a vehicle that “picks up ocean water then turns it into fresh water then travels to poor countries to give them water.”
The next day, approximately 85 children from the Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles returned to the TFS campus where they were hosted by Ken Baruth, vice president of risk management & dealer credit, for Be Booksmart Day. Ken shared his favorite book, “The Rifleman” with the children and explained how books can not only provide new experiences, but also journey to new places.
The children had the chance to experience the creative and entertaining storytellers Aurick Cantete, community relations manager for Barnes & Noble at The Grove, and Barbara Saltzman, mother of the late author of “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle,” David Saltzman, as they read three children’s books. The kids then broke out into circle groups to practice their own storytelling skills with each other and TFS volunteers. Each child received a copy of the three books read by the storytellers to take home.