Using the Toyota Sienna for Good #SiennaDiaries

As part of the Toyota Sienna Ambassadorship program we were asked to use the Sienna to give back to the community in some way. The start of the year has been so hectic around here, and I have to admit that I haven’t done as much charitable giving as I should. I am so thankful that Toyota has given my family the opportunity to use the Toyota Sienna for good and help out in the community.

Using the Toyota Sienna for Good

You may have heard me mention before that we live in a somewhat poor, rural area. The Family Connection and Communities in Schools organization in our county stays very busy providing the people in our county the necessities via a food bank, after school care, and various other programs. Throughout the year I make donations to the food bank, and help out with the annual holiday toy drive. But for this project I wanted to see if there was a specific need.

Sienna Diaries - Using the Toyota Sienna for Good

Wanda, the program director, asked if we could make a donation of toilet paper. Toilet paper and other paper products aren’t normally included along with the food they receive from Harvest Food Bank, and is something that people often request. I honestly wouldn’t have come up with the idea of a toilet paper donation on my own. I don’t know why, really. It’s something that we use on a daily basis. Can you imagine not having the money to buy such a basic necessity? It makes me emotional just thinking about it.

Sienna Diaries - Using the Toyota Sienna for Good

My daughter and I checked online for the best deal we could find on toilet paper and found ourselves at a local drug store. There wasn’t near the amount of toilet paper on the shelves that we would be needing. After telling the store clerk about our donation efforts, she went into the back of the store and pulled out everything they had for us. We easily found room in the back of the Sienna for all 28 packages of toilet paper. It could have easily fit 3 times that amount without even folding the back seats down. This van has so much storage space! I’ll have to do our spring cleaning donation before our time with the Sienna is up.

Sienna Diaries - Using the Toyota Sienna for Good

After picking my granddaughters up from school, we stopped by the food bank with the much appreciated donation. It was such a great experience. I try to lead by example, and was glad my granddaughters were there to participate in the good deed.

I am participating in a sponsored campaign with Toyota. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. I think you were really smart to ask and see what the immediate need was. Who knew it would be toilet paper? Love your do-good’n!

  2. I don’t think most people would ever think to donate paper goods because of the term “food drive” We have donations in our building several times a year and i’ve never seen paper goods in there. But it makes sense people would want that.

  3. It’s so sad that there are so many people who have to do without things like toilet paper that we take forgranted! Glad that you were able to use the Sienna to do good!

  4. It’s so important to give back. What a great thing to do. I need to donate more than I have been. I use to donate my time and food when I lived in VA.

  5. It breaks my heart knowing that so many go without. basic needs can cost so much and its not fair. thanks for helping out.

  6. What a great thing to do as a family!

  7. That was so awesome of you and your family. Great post. Thanks for sharing.

  8. That is so awesome you did that! It’s funny we don’t really think about giving Toilet paper, but people truly need it. What a great thing for you and your family to do.

  9. What a great way to give back. Donating is so important!

  10. Wow, that is a TON of cargo space back there! I love big, roomy trunks!

  11. It’s great that you and your family did this! Also, wow, that is a lot of storage space in the sienna!

  12. oh yea. that hits hard. we use so much TP without even thinking. kudos to Toyota for having you guys give back! another reason we love our Toyotas :)

  13. I am trying hard to control my jealousy – I would love a Sienna! Anyway, I love how you’re giving back to the community and they’re supporting you in that. That’s great!

  14. Kelsey Apley says:

    What fun!! Looks like you had a lot of goodis you donated! Always great to give back!

  15. Looks very spacious! Nice and roomy!

  16. What a great thing you did and soo glad you had lots of room in the Sienna to do it… Loved reading all about it…thanks for sharing and thanks for helping your community

  17. When our school kids do hunger drives, they never want paper products because they are light. The kids are judged based on weight. Sad because it’s something the food pantries need! Kudos to Toyota for encouraging giving back.

  18. I am emotional reading this! The things we take for granted :( I am going to donate some to my local food bank !

  19. That is so sad to know they don’t have enough toilet paper to go around. Glad you and the Sienna were able to come to the rescue!

  20. That’s so great! Love giving back like that. And that Sienna looks awesome!!!

  21. saminder gumer says:

    that is so great that you gave back with all that you save and get. it looks like the sienna has quite a bit of room to haul all those things.

  22. I love the #SiennaDiaries hashtag! Love that you hit the food shelf!

  23. You definitely made great use of your Sienna. I’d not think of donating tissue to the food bank. Great idea!

  24. Thanks for this post! I believe that we all have our part to perform in making this world a better place. Be it small or great, I am sure that if all our effort is combined, we can do a lot of things! :)

  25. It is sad that so many people are in need of basic things that many of us take for granted. So glad Toyota chooses beneficial ways of promoting their business!

  26. It’s been my goal that we give back to our local food pantry more regularly and sadly it just hasn’t happened. Thanks for the inspirational post to get on track again!

  27. You are amazing! How cool that you did that and I love how much you can fit in the trunk.

  28. I love that Toyota is using their outreach with bloggers to give back to the community as well; makes me love them even more!
    It was a smart idea for you to ask what was needed, and somebody will be very thankful you donated what you did! I love that you included your granddaughters too!

  29. My family and I enjoy giving back to the community. It’s amazing when you look at the simple things we take for granted like toilet paper and paper towels. It makes you appreciate what you have.

  30. What an amazing thing to do and great that you’re leading by example. :)

  31. What a great thing to donate! So often that is forgotten, but oh so needed!

  32. It’s great that you’re helping the kids learn about giving back to the community!

  33. This looks like such a nice vehicle!

  34. Paper products are always high on the list of products needed at food banks and shelters. That is awesome that you could pack it all in your van! I love Toyota vans.

  35. I want a toyotal sienna! Such an amazing car!

  36. Giving back locally is so important. I always give to our local food bank in town because you never know when you may need their help someday.

  37. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    good for you for giving back! and a great car like a toyota helps to lug all those goods!

  38. We live in a pretty rural and poor area too. You never really know what the need may be at any given time so it was great that you asked! We have a local clearinghouse that gives out food and household products to families in need. I’ve donated there a few times and sometimes they’re overloaded on certain things and really have a need for something else. Toilet Paper is often a thing needed, because most people don’t think to donate it. It’s really awesome that you’re able to give back to your community!!

  39. I LOVE the cargo space these vans have. I loved being able to use it to do good when we had ours.

  40. What a great thing to do! I really need to do better with this.

  41. I like that you did this as a family! I would never have thought of toilet paper either – I would have just thought food or personal hygiene products.

  42. What a great way to give to others. It’s heartbreaking thinking that people go without the basics.

  43. It was nice that you were able to help. So many more people need help these days. I hope the next couple of years someone fixes this!

  44. What a great way to pay it forward to the community. Your story should inspire us all to do something to help those in need.

  45. That’s awesome that you made a donation that was needed. Good for Toyota Sienna for sparking community aid, and double kudos to you for doing it, and involving your granddaughters too. :)

  46. I wish I had storage space to haul all those goodies! I definitely need to upgrade my car!

  47. What a great way to use the Sienna. Kudos to you guys!

  48. AWESOME car! We always go with Toyotas. I have a RAV4 and hubby has an Camry.

  49. So much storage! What a good deed.

  50. Gotta love lots of space for extra big loads. This is a fabulous load!! Such a great thing :)

  51. I love how roomy it is in the back!

  52. Thanks for sharing. Love the roominess of the back – and the meaningful experience with your granddaughters!

  53. Eliz Frank says:

    I’m glad the car was put to good use for a great/important cause. It looks like it could hold quite a lot…

  54. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I think that it is wonderful that you take the time to donate and to see what is needed. Your granddaughters should be learning by your good example z\and this experoence.. To have the Toyota Sienna to help you might also show Toyota more ways to donate.

  55. What a fantastic use of your Sienna :) I would never think to donate toilet paper, but I will certainly keep this in mind for future.

  56. I think it’s great you asked what they needed! Most people wouldn’t think of paper products!

  57. That’s such a great way to give back! we loved test driving the sienna.

  58. How awesome! Paper goods are definitely needed and a great way to give.

  59. It’s great that you guys checked to see what the needs at the food pantry were first. It’s almost habit o just load up on canned veggies when they could really use basics like paper goods, light bulbs, and even dry goods like pasta or canned meats/proteins.

  60. I love that Toyota asked you to do something good for others as part of this campaign. Local pantries, shelters, etc help so many people and are particular dear to my heart. I am glad that you chose one of them to help.

  61. Janet W. says:

    First of all, I love the Sienna! It looks so comfortable and spacious! You can’t go wrong with a Toyota! I also love the example you are setting. What a special moment and so touching.

  62. Tammy S says:

    What a wonderful way to be able to give back to your community. I think it’s great that Toyota asked you to help out. It’s such a nice car.

  63. What a wonderful way to give back! I love Toyota – I have one, actually it’s the 3rd Toyota we have owned – but I’m just not into minivans.

  64. That’s great! I’m so glad the store was able to help you out with the items they had in the back.

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