Salesman at local car dealership donates $15,000 to Paralyzed Veterans of America

Salesman at local car dealership donates $15,000 to Paralyzed Veterans of America

The donation made by Tom Baskin of McGeorge Toyota will fund sports, recreation, and rehab programs offered to paralyzed vets by the organization.

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For Tom Baskin, a salesperson at McGeorge Toyota, selling cars is personal. So much so that he has been able to donate $15,000 to Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter by selling the most cars in April, June, and July.

Baskin, who is a veteran himself who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973-1979, was able to make the donations through the Random Acts of McGeorge program, which rewards the top salesperson each month with $5,000 that they may donate to a local charity of their choice.

Baskin and McGeorge Toyota’s contributions will support paralyzed veterans in the community by supporting the PVA’s sports, recreation, and rehab programs while also providing the opportunity to attend events such as billiards, bowling, disc golf, and more. Adaptive sports like these support healthier lifestyles for injured veterans, helps reduce secondary injuries, boosts confidence, and fights depression, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We cannot thank Tom enough for his continuous outreach and generosity to all our veterans,” said Robert Satterwhite, president at the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter. “Adaptive sports change lives and we are able to support healthy lifestyles for our veterans. It is because of people like Tom and organizations like McGeorge Toyota that we are able to support our mission of being “a supportive community for capable heroes.”

Baskin presented each of his donations to the chapter and expressed thanks to the overall organization while spending time with the veterans at the PVA. His third check presentation will be at the 4th Annual Beyond the Call of Duty Car, Truck, and Bike Show next month.

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