And those who've fallen victim to Texas tornadoes.
The wildfires rapidly spreading in large areas of California continue to wreak havoc and destruction. Sadly, this has become a regular occurrence in the Golden State. As of this writing, the 2019 California wildfire season has seen over 6,190 fires and nearly 200,000 acres burned. Both figures will very likely increase before 2020 arrives. Earlier this month, tornadoes struck parts of northern Texas and caused immense damage as well.
As other automakers have done in the past, Toyota is fully aware millions of its customers have been caught up in both natural disasters and often times they've lost everything. Their homes and everything inside is gone. Others, however, are still sorting through whatever is left with the hope their homes can still be salvaged.
To help ease this huge burden, Toyota and Lexus Financial Services have announced payment relief options to customers affected by the wildfires and tornadoes. Some of the relief options include extensions and lease deferred payments, redirecting billing statements, and arranging phone or online payments. The financial services division will also make attempts to contact customers directly via email or telephone in these affected areas to best assess how their financial needs can be helped.
Customers can also directly reach out to Toyota and Lexus Financial Services by calling 800-874-8822 (Toyota) or 800-874-7050 (Lexus).
In addition to this direct assistance, Toyota has announced it is donating $100,000 to Dallas Independent School District for tornado recovery efforts. For California, $50,000 is being donated to the American Red Cross and another $50,000 to California Community Foundation's Wildfire Relief Fund. Last summer, Toyota donated a brand new Tundra pickup truck to Allyn Pierce, the heroic nurse from Paradise, California who risked his life to save two people trapped by the spreading fires. His prized Tundra, however, was heavily damaged and deemed beyond repair.