Smart Motors Toyota Provides Transportation for RMHC-Madison Families

March 19th, 2021 | Our Partners

This year marks 10 years that Smart Motors Toyota, a family-owned business in Madison, has provided a vehicle for RMHC-Madison to provide transportation for guest families. Every two years Smart Motors replaces the minivan with a current model.

“We are grateful for this decade-long partnership and the generosity of the Smart family. The vehicle loan enables us to shuttle patients and families to the hospital and other area locations without any cost to them. Our volunteers also use the van to deliver lunches to families at the American Family Children’s Hospital through the Augie’s Lunches with Love program,” said Shauna Thayer, Director of Marketing and Communications.

Often times when families come to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Madison, they have traveled a far distance seeking medical care for their sick or injured child. Some families arrive without a vehicle and some are hoping to reduce the additional costs of driving or using public transportation. Because of the vehicle loan, RMHC-Madison is able to provide a reliable shuttle service to guest families.

J.R. Smart, President/CEO of Smart Motors said, “It seems like just yesterday when we started this partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison – and we’re happy to continue for another decade.” Smart continues, “Families travel from all over the country to Madison seeking the medical attention their children need – the last thing they need to worry about is transportation. We are happy to provide this for them and are so grateful to have the wonderful staff and volunteers of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison serving those families in need. They are a tremendous asset to our community.”

About Smart Motors

Smart Motors was founded in 1908 by O.D. Smart and is one of the nation’s oldest automotive dealerships and the midwest’s largest hybrid dealer and Wisconsin’s #1 volume Toyota dealer. Located at 5901 Odana Road, Smart Motors is Wisconsin’s only two-time President’s Cabinet Award recipient from Toyota Motor Sales for superior customer service & sales volume.  For more information visit