Leading Auto Makers Drive Oklahoma Tornado Relief, Donating Vehicles, Money and Supplies


General Motors, a leading automaker, has donated $50,000 and a brand new Chevrolet Silverado 2013 to a Detroit-based charity fund called Forgotten Harvest. The charity has set up a tornado relief campaign, Help 4 Oklahoma, to provide food, hygiene products and medical supplies to the tornado-stricken individuals and families in the city. On the other hand, Chrysler, another leading auto manufacturer, has donated $100,000 to a non-profit organization, First Response Team of America, which supports first responders and helps in disaster cleanup.

Ford Motor Company has donated $250,000 and a special Transit Connect to the Red Cross, America. The leading auto maker will also match the donations that will be made to the Red Cross, up to $250,000 via an URL that will connect to the website of Red Cross. In addition to this, local Ford Motor dealers in Oklahoma have also donated an additional $150,000 to the United Way. Furthermore, Ford Motors has also declared to offer an additional $500 towards buying of every new Ford vehicle. According to a report, Honda has been donating high-performance generators to the Red Cross, which is considered to be of great benefit to the power equipment division.

Toyota announced they are donating $250,000 to help people recover and restore food service in the area. Additionally, the donation will also be utilized for revitalization of small businesses and rebuilding homes, while the company has also initiated for employee contributions. Volkswagen has made a donation of $250,000 to the Habitat for Humanity or Red Cross; however, it isn’t clear whether that was an amount provided to each organization or a combined donation for tornado relief effort. The auto manufacturer also matches contributions from employees.

With this boost to the tornado relief effort from the leading automakers, it is expected to drive more donations from different sectors across the world.