The American Red Cross Triangle Region today received two Chevy vehicles to support its ongoing recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy and other Red Cross services to the community.
The gift was part of a larger donation made by Chevrolet after Hurricane Sandy made landfall to help with immediate response and clean-up efforts.
Chevrolet’s total donation of 50 vehicles included 30 cargo vans, 10 Chevy Traverses, 5 passenger vans, and 5 Chevy Tahoes. After being used to support the Hurricane Sandy response, the vehicles will become a permanent part of the Red Cross vehicle fleet where they will be used for activities such as local disaster response and supporting Red Cross blood drives.
“We are so grateful for GM’s support of the Red Cross and those we serve, said Barry Porter, Regional Executive Director “The Chevy vehicles are making recovery easier for so many whose lives were turned upside down by Hurricane Sandy, and they will continue to benefit our community for years to come.”
“It is during disasters like Sandy that we all need to pull together as a country and we hope these vehicles can be used where they can do the most good,” said Bobby Murray, Jr., President of Bobby Murray Chevrolet.
The GM Foundation and the Red Cross have a long history of partnership. The GM Foundation donates $250,000 annually as a member of the Red Cross Disaster Responder program, which builds a reliable funding base for disaster relief services that enables the Red Cross to prepare for the unexpected and respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disaster.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
About the GM Foundation:
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
Photo: Bobby Murray Chevrolet President Bobby Murray Jr. and Sales Manager Richard Cholerton present the keys to a new Chevy Traverse and cargo van to Triangle Red Cross staff. (l-r : Jim Forsyth, Wendy Samuel, Murray, Mira Batchelor and Cholerton)