Nearly a year ago now, I shared with you my experience over at Hometown Toyota in Ontario. I had survived another winter in my beloved 1998 Toyota 4Runner but no matter how much I loved that car, with over 260,000 miles on it...I was ready to NOT be nervous about "surviving" another winter. Once my car hunt started, I took so many of your suggestions on where to go, what to get, who to see--and I'm forever grateful that I made the short drive to Ontario, Oregon to jump into my new and improved Toyota 4Runner.

As I've said here online and on the air, I chose to get my next vehicle with Hometown Toyota because of how easy they made EVERYTHING. I like to think that I know a good group of people when I meet them, and at Hometown Toyota--I knew I was really in a hometown environment. That was the difference.

These guys live up to their hometown promise and it seems like there's always a charity effort underway. With Christmas just around the corner now, that is certainly the case right now as Hometown Toyota and several other local businesses and organizations have teamed up for this years "Help Them To Hope" charity effort.

The annual food and toy drive is underway now and during these unprecedented times in which we've been living for the last several months, efforts like this are extremely crucial.  Charities are seeing an increased need this year--as is to be expected--and many of our neighbors who have suffered reduction in work or health struggles are also searching for assistance for the first time ever.

Feeling generous? ALL donations made will be distributed to the needy in Malheur, Payette, and Washington Counties. Checks, food, toys, and bikes are all being collected at the following locations:


  • Albertsons.
  • Argus Observer
  • Bank of the west
  • Chase Bank
  • Columbia Bank
  • D&B Supply
  • Farmers Supply Co-Op
  • Four Rivers Cultural Center
  • Happy Hippy
  • JnJ Corner Store
  • Kimmy & Keele
  • Norco
  • Malheur Federal Credit Union
  • Ontario Auto Ranch
  • Ontario City Hall
  • Oregon Trail Hobbies
  • Plaza Inn
  • Steve's Hometown Toyota
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Tranquility Bay
  • Walmart
  • Washington Mutual Bank
  • Wingers
  • Washington Federal Bank
  • Boots to Roots Salon
  • Malheur County Courthouse
  • Malheur Enterprise
  • Bob's Restaurant & Bar
  • Les Schwab
  • Logan's Express
  • M&W Market
  • Nyssa Public Library
  • Valley Wide Cooperative
  • TLC Beauty & Barber
  • Columbia Bank
  • Corner Cuts Salon
  • Family Dollar Store
  • Independent Enterprise
  • Malheur Federal Credit Union
  • Mays Trucking
  • Payette Senior Center
  • Three Rivers Insurance
  • US Bank
  • Washington Federal
  • Wells Fargo
  • 1st Interstate Bank
  • D.L. Evans Bank
  • Fast Track Auto Sales
  • Key Bank
  • Steve's Hometown Chevrolet
  • Silver Hawk Realty
  • Zions Bank
  • Columbia Bank
  • Ridley's Family Markets
  • Steve's Hometown Motors
  • Weiser Memorial Hospital

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