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NADA, CATA, manufacturers aid Sandy victims

November 9, 2012
The National Automobile Dealers Association has pledged $1 million to jump-start a national fund-raising campaign for the Emergency Relief Fund of the association’s charitable foundation, and the CATA has contributed $5,000 to that fund.
And as the scope of the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy continues to unfold, the companies that keep America on wheels are joining the effort to get New England back on its feet. As happened with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, several auto manufacturers are contributing to the ongoing rescue and relief efforts.
BMW of North America, whose headquarters are in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., was directly affected by the hurricane. The company has given $1 million to the American Red Cross to aid in disaster relief.
The Ford Motor Co. Fund and Ford employees have collected $50,000 to donate to the American Red Cross. Ford is also offering MSRP discounts for customers who need to replace vehicles.
In addition to the $250,000 donated by the GM Foundation to the Red Cross’ Disaster Responder Program, Chevrolet is sending 50 trucks to the Red Cross to help out. The Express cargo vans, Traverse crossovers and Tahoe SUVs will come from local inventory and will be equipped with OnStar Hands-Free Calling minutes and turn-by-turn navigation services.
Ram has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross and sent 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman trucks to the organization.  
Like BMW, Toyota also contributed $1 million to the American Red Cross. Toyota also plans to match employee contributions to the Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations that are aiding the affected communities.
Mazda North America may not have the buying power of the big guys, but the company still offered $100,000 to the Red Cross and $10,000 in grants to food banks in the communities near Mazda’s Northeast regional office.
In addition to their material contributions, several auto manufacturers, including Toyota, Mazda and Ford, announced plans to provide aid to current owners affected by the hurricane, including lease and finance payment deferments, waived late fees and other considerations. Nissan also announced a program offering employee pricing and financing to customers looking to replace hurricane-damaged cars and trucks. Affected owners are encouraged to contact the finance companies for details. 
Anyone who wants to support to victims of Sandy are encouraged to visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.