The Kingston dealership has a long history of working with local charities

Since the early 1960s, the Taylor name has been an integral part of the automotive scene in Kingston, Ontario, first representing Chrysler until 1979 and then as a General Motors franchise. It has also become synonymous with the spirit of generosity in the Limestone City.

Taylor AutoMall has a long history of supporting local charities, non-profit organizations and cultural events. Company founder Jerome Taylor was a generous supporter of the Salvation Army and its mission to help those less fortunate, especially during the holiday season.

After his death in 2006, the local newspaper and the Salvation Army decided to name the annual Kingston Christmas fundraiser in his honor. Known as the Jerome Taylor Memorial/Whig Standard Christmas Hampers of Hope Fund, the annual campaign to help those in need has raised $2.5 million over the past 16 years through the efforts of individuals and local businesses.

Last year alone, the program raised $175,000 and delivered meals to 3,000 homes, helping more than 12,000 people.

More recently, Taylor AutoMall recently donated $5,000 to the Jalal Community Charity Garden in Kingston so it can hire its first full-time young garden manager. The new manager oversaw this summer’s harvest in the garden and ensured that harvested vegetables were delivered to Lionhearts Inc. Kingston to support their community food programs for those in need.

“We are proud to help with what started as a small community garden and continues to grow,” said Jason Taylor, Jerome’s son and Taylor AutoMall’s main dealer. “The new Head of the Youth Garden is a former garden volunteer who has shown exceptional commitment to the work, and I felt a strong need to help in this endeavour.”

In April, Taylor AutoMall also held its You Win Charity Wins contest. Customers who visited the dealership’s service center that month were automatically entered into a draw to win $1,000 and made a matching donation in their name to a charity of their choice. The customer who won the contest requested that the donation go to Kids Help Phone.

“The spirit of giving is part of the culture here at Taylor AutoMall,” said Taylor, who recently purchased $100 gift cards to 60 local restaurants for her staff. “We are proud to support the community in various ways, a community that has trusted us with their automotive needs for nearly six decades. »

Teen finalist in the international competition

A Canadian teenager has been named a finalist in the 15th annual Toyota Dream Car art competition. Joseph Lee of Airdrie, Alberta was the only Canadian finalist in the competition, which invited young people from around the world to design a vehicle that helps make the world a better place.

This year’s competition attracted 531,692 entries from 78 countries, and Lee’s “Surgery on the Road” the entry was selected as a finalist in the 12-15 age category. His vehicle is designed to help doctors operate while a patient is in transit to increase their chances of survival. The winners of the 2022 competition were announced in May and include entries from children from Fiji, Colombia, China, Thailand and the United States.