Automakers have stepped up to help those affected by the devastating Oklahoma tornado that hit the city of Moore earlier this week. Some of the donations are coming directly from auto manufacturers, but individual dealerships are adding to the donations as well.
Ford is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross and will match up to an additional $250,000 in donations. Meanwhile, a Ford dealership located in the state of Oklahoma has made a $150,000 donation to the United Way to help in their relief and recovery efforts.
President of the Ford Fund and Community Service, Jim Vella, said in a statement, “We know there is great need for assistance, and Ford, its dealers and employees are coming together to provide needed resources.”
Another $250,000 was donated to the American Red Cross and to Habitat for Humanity by the Volkswagen of America Foundation. They have also pledged to match any employee donations to the various relief efforts helping tornado victims.
The Chrysler Foundation has chosen to make its donation of $100,000 to the First Response Team of America. This is a non-profit organization that helps local first responders manage relief efforts. They have also donated three heavy-duty pick-up trucks.
The General Motors Foundation is donating locally by pledging $50,000 to Detroit non-profit Forgotten Harvest. This organization is coordinating “Help 4 Oklahoma” which will see the delivery of much needed supplies to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. GM will also be collecting food at its plants and offices and has donated a 2013 Chevy Silverado pick-up.
This is the second round of donations that GM has made to help those affected by tornadoes. Last week the GM Foundation pledged $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity to help relief efforts in hard-hit Texas counties.
Finally, Honda is making a very open-ended donation. They’re giving as many Honda generators to the American Red Cross as they need.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.