CHARLESTON (Hinton News) – The Ball Toyota Family of Dealerships which includes Ball Toyota Charleston, L&S Toyota Beckley and Advantage Toyota Barboursville are announcing a partnership with multiple West Virginia schools and United Ways of West Virginia.
Over $300,000 will be donated to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, shoes, coats, and hygiene products to students in need. Working closely with the West Virginia Department of Education and Communities in Schools, these funds will support “virtual pantries” in 257 schools in West Virginia.
The Ball Family also welcomes West Virginia University President Dr. Gordon Gee to receive a gift of $50,000 to West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Marshall University President Brad Smith to receive a $30,000 gift to Marshall University.
Shawn Ball, president of Ball Toyota, feels that children have never been more vulnerable than they are today as we have seen by the rise in cases of child abuse and neglect across our state.
“Growing up in Boone County, we saw our share of families in crisis. David Ball, my brother and partner, and I wanted to find a way to bring some relief to kids. Our goal is to raise awareness by shining a light on the issues. The donations allow us to work with teachers and staff to provide essential items to students,” said Ball.
The announcement will feature West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, First Lady Cathy Justice, Gee, Smith, along with Deputy Superintendent of West Virginia Schools Michele Blatt and other state and local public officials.