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Brooklyn, NY - Hikind: Bay Ridge Toyota Donates Special Vehicle To Wheelchair-Bound Borough Park Boy (video)

Published on: December 12, 2011 01:58 PM
By: VIN News Staff
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(L-R) Mekimi Chairman of the Board Chesky Kauftheil; Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn); Mike Ianelli, General Manager, Bay Ridge Toyota; Joe Ciaccia, Social Media & Web Manager, Bay Ridge Toyota; Jason Schroeck, Social Media & Web Manager, Toyota of ManhattanBrooklyn, NY - Just in time for Chanukkah season, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) teamed up with Bay Ridge Toyota  and Toyota of Manhattan and presented a 2012 Toyota Sienna Mobility Edition van valued at close to $50,000 to the family of 12-year-old Alter Pinter. Alter’s legs were amputated last year after he nearly lost his battle with a vicious case of swine flu which raged through his entire body and spread to his legs. He has been confined to a wheelchair ever since.

Photos-video credit: Shimon Gifter

Hikind and representatives from Toyota presented the vehicle to the family at a ceremony today. “It’s easy to become cynical in today’s world,” said Hikind. “What Toyota has done is a shining example of the humanity that can and still does exist in the world. I am awed by their generosity, and am hopeful that other individuals and corporations will follow their example to help improve the quality of life for someone less fortunate. This is about different communities coming together to make a significant difference.”


Echoing Hikind’s sentiments, Jason Schroeck, Social Media and Web Manager for Toyota of Manhattan said, “This is about reaching beyond our community to help others. It’s about the season for giving. But more importantly, it’s about a child and family in need. The families at Bay Ridge Toyota and Toyota of Manhattan hope that through our donation, we can somehow make life a little easier, and bring a smile to the face of such a wonderful little boy and his family in this difficult time of their lives.”

Hikind was initially approached by Mekimi Chairman of the Board Chesky Kauftheil about the Pinter family. Mekimi (www.mekimi.org ), which provides a host of support services to children and young adults who are combating cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, has been working extensively to help the Pinter family. “Mr. Kauftheil said to me, ‘is there anything we can do to help this family get a handicapped-accessible vehicle?’” Hikind recalled. ‘“Right now the only way to get Alter into the family car is to carry him from his wheelchair into the car. It’s very upsetting to him and the whole family.’”

Soon after, Hikind met with the boy and his family to ascertain their exact needs and immediately contacted Mr. John Giuffre of the Bay Ridge Automotive Group to ask for his assistance. “It was a no-brainer for him,” remarked Hikind. “He said he just had to work out the logistics, but that he would have the car ready for the family within three weeks. He was nothing short of remarkable. John is truly the hero of this story.”

“Mekimi is extremely grateful to Assemblyman Hikind and to all the executives at Toyota who helped make getting a handicapped-accessible van for Alter a reality,” said Mr. Kauftheil. “None of this would be possible without the immense generosity and kindness of Bay Ridge Toyota and Toyota of Manhattan. There are no words to express our tremendous gratitude.”

Toyota hands over the Key to Mr. pinter

Mr. Pinter drives away with the car

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 Dec 12, 2011 at 02:06 PM TheMaven Says:

WOW! John and everyone from Bay Ridge Toyota and Toyota of Manhattan.... WAY TO GO!!!!


 Dec 12, 2011 at 02:17 PM inNY Says:

My next car i'm buying at Bay Ridge


 Dec 12, 2011 at 02:20 PM Qup Says:

This is amazing.. what a righteous gentile....an example for many.


 Dec 12, 2011 at 02:25 PM nine Says:

Very emotional.. Dov, Bay Ridge, Mekimi, you should all be blessed by Hashem


 Dec 12, 2011 at 02:29 PM TheRealJoe123 Says:

Wow this is a great story I can appreciate this story double as a sibling of a special needs child


 Dec 12, 2011 at 02:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Qup Says:

This is amazing.. what a righteous gentile....an example for many.

Wrong. An example for EVERYONE!


 Dec 12, 2011 at 03:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
inNY Says:

My next car i'm buying at Bay Ridge

You took the words out of my mouth! I always try to support businesses who show they care & this is a wonderful thing to do.. I'm mamash crying here. I hope the Pinter family enjoys their new van & that Alter goes on to make his family & community proud in good health (as I'm sure he does already!)

Bay Ridge Toyota: you have a heart as big as your good name!


 Dec 12, 2011 at 03:23 PM Ben_Kol Says:

A big thank you to Bay Ridge Toyota.


 Dec 12, 2011 at 03:58 PM Dee Says:

The Pinters have shown such courage throughout their ordeal. They continue to provide chizuk to so many others. I'm so happy this worked out for them.


 Dec 12, 2011 at 04:18 PM Babishka Says:

What a nice, inspiring story! I work in the automotive industry and can pass this story on for other dealerships as an example of helping the community.


 Dec 12, 2011 at 04:26 PM mewhoze Says:

so beautiful. made me smile when i read the article and saw how community and business can work together for everyones betterment.
bless you all!!


 Dec 12, 2011 at 04:45 PM Yoilys Says:

I'm a proud costumer of Bay Ridge Toyota, I always loved their service, and now I'm delighted to hear that they did such an amazing thing, u should be blessed, only stick to Bay Ridge Toyota!!!


 Dec 12, 2011 at 05:01 PM YJay1 Says:

Kol Hakavod to Dov Hikind, Bay Ridge Toyota, Manhattan Toyota, Mekimi, and everybody who helped for this special cause. May Hashem give lots of strength to the Pinter family.

This story shows us that there are still lots of good people out there!


 Dec 12, 2011 at 05:05 PM Miriam377 Says:

What a huge Kiddush Hashem thank you bay ridge toyota!!!!!


 Dec 12, 2011 at 05:22 PM bklyn Says:

what a nice thing!
everybody involved in this mitzva,

from the asken of klal yisroel mr chesky kauhftyl, & of course assembluman dov hikind, & on top of them the honerable staff of toyota bayridge! should you all have hatzlacha in everything you do!


 Dec 12, 2011 at 05:32 PM villyamsburger Says:

Bay Ridge Toyota you are my current hero
In a world where its all so negative lately such a positive light came in the right time. hope the Pinter family sees great nachas from their boy.
with tears and cheers a villyamsburger


 Dec 12, 2011 at 07:30 PM Mrs_Boro_Parker Says:

Defintitly THUMBS UP for bayridge toyota my lease is up soon and guess where I will be going to renew...


 Dec 12, 2011 at 08:07 PM metsfan123 Says:

great story. but it sounds like the boy acquired a MRSA infection .Which is common in hospitals and enters through open breaks in skin ,even a paper cut in non hospital setting.in hospitals when healthcare workers dont wash their hands properly it transfers from an infected patient to another through iv lines and catheters.


 Dec 13, 2011 at 09:13 PM JoeCiaccia Says:

Thank you so very much for the kind words. We @bayridgetoyota are happy to put a smile on the face of such a wonderful little boy. Have a blessed Holiday.


 Dec 27, 2011 at 01:14 PM sara Says:

at this opportunity, it would be appropriate to commend the wonderful aide for Alter that has been so compassionate to him all along. it brings to the forfront the issue of having more community members sign up to become certified home health aides. In addition to doing a giant service to our community's sick it is also very rewarding to give from the community to the community. It might not financially pay that well but it is a good entry level job and still far better than no job at all. The bikur cholim benefits and rewards to come from above is giant!!!
Do not feel degraded when someone offers you to go for training to become a HHA. Look how proud Alter's aide is to be with him!!


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