Toyota donates reach truck to Jackson County charity

Chuck Seybold, executive director of Community Provisions of Jackson County, at left, with Jeff Rufener, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling, talk about the Reach Truck donated to Community Provisions Food Pantry by TMH, Friday, July 2, 2021 Carla Clark | For The Republic

The lights dim in a small theater. Dramatic music begins to swell. A wall rises slowly to reveal … a forklift.

That was the scene Friday, as Toyota Material Handling presented Community Provisions of Jackson County, Inc with the donation of a reach truck. Their battery partner, EnerSys, is chipping in with a battery and charging unit, and Toyota’s local dealer, ProLift, will support the service and training, said Justin Albers, corporation communications and public relations specialist at Toyota.

Toyota Material Handling President and CEO Jeff Rufener was present at the donation event, as were other representatives from Toyota, the other two companies and Community Provisions.

“We certainly appreciate the work that you’re doing,” said brand ambassador Tom Lego as he presented the reach truck. “So this is a way that, in essence, we believe that we can help people carry the load.”

Community Provisions is a faith-based food pantry with no ties to national organizations, Director Chuck Seybold said.

“We operate strictly on donations from the local community — from the county,” he said. “This is a full Jackson County service that we offer here. It’s not just Seymour.”

For more on this story, see Monday’s Republic.