SANTA ANA, CA, Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — The American Red Cross today recognized Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), headquartered in Irvine, CA, for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program. After years of supporting the Red Cross assist people affected by disasters such as Superstorm Sandy, the Oklahoma Tornadoes, Colorado Floods and Typhoon Haiyan, Mazda has officially become the first U.S. automaker to join the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) at the $500,000 level.
“Thanks to the support of Mazda and other companies and foundations, the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disaster in the United States,” said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern. “Members of this program generously help create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance to disaster victims.”
Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program pledge donations on an ongoing basis, in advance of major disasters, to help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income.
“I am pleased to welcome Mazda as an official ADGP member,” said American Red Cross Regional CEO, Maxine Margaritis. “Over the years, Mazda has been a valuable partner and we look forward to working together to create more prepared and resilient communities here in Orange County and across the country.”
In 2013, Mazda featured the Red Cross as one of four national charities in its Drive for Good holiday campaign, during which the automaker donated $100 for every new Mazda sold between November 25 and January 2, 2014, to one of the four national or 32 local charities based on the customer’s choice. Additionally, Mazda donated one hour of community service for every test drive given during that same time period. The Drive for Good holiday campaign generated over $200,000 in donations for the Red Cross.
Other members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program include major leading companies such as 3M; Altria Group; American Express; Aon; AT&T; Bank of America; BNY Mellon; Caterpillar Inc.; CHS Foundation; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Community Safety Foundation, funded by CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer; ConAgra Foods Foundation; Costco Wholesale Corporation; Darden Restaurants Foundation; Dell Inc.; Discover; Disney; Dr Pepper Snapple Group; Edison International; FedEx Corporation; GE Foundation; Grainger; HE-B; Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation; The Home Depot Foundation; Humble Bundle; John Deere Foundation; Johnson Controls; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Kraft Foods Group; Lowe's Companies, Inc.; Medtronic; Meijer; Merck & Co., Inc.; Mondelēz International; National Grid; Nationwide Insurance Foundation; Northrop Grumman Corporation; PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation; Southwest Airlines; Sprint; State Farm; State Street;
Target; TD Ameritrade; Texas Instruments; The TJX Companies, Inc.; United; United Technologies Corporation; University of Phoenix; UPS; US Airways; VSP℠ Vision care for life; Walmart; WellPoint Foundation; and Wells Fargo.
People can join the Annual Disaster Giving Program members in supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.