Toyota, in partnership with the Salvation Army of Central Maryland, is donating warm boots and socks to more than 150 families in need on Saturday, Jan. 29.
The giveaway is presented in conjunction with the Maryland Auto Show, held at the Baltimore Convention Center Jan. 28-30.
This is Toyota’s sixth year supporting Baltimore families through its “Walk In My Boots” community outreach program. To date, the auto company has donated more than 1,150 pairs of new Bogs insulated winter boots and Smartwool socks through the program and more than $90,000 to the Salvation Army.
In 2022, the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle River selected more than 150 children and youth, along with their families to be recipients of the program.
The club is focused on supporting youth to reach their full potential through academics, enrichment, recreation and character formation. It serves children ages 6-18.
“While many programs offer winter coat and hat giveaways, a person’s feet are often left exposed to freezing temperatures which can be dangerous,” notes The Salvation Army in a news release.
The selected families will arrive at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Middle River at 11:30 a.m. Saturday to collect their boots and socks, and be treated to a hot boxed buffet-style luncheon and coloring books focused on science, math, enterprise and the arts for children.
Toyota is donating an additional $15,000 to the Salvation Army of Central Maryland this year.
The outreach program has also benefitted families outside of Baltimore, including Detroit, Chicago, Harrisburg, Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis (for first time this year.)