CarMax announces $450,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program
CarMax associates will participate in Red Cross volunteer opportunities across the country
RICHMOND, Va., ( May 4, 2016) —CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles and headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, has announced a commitment of $450,000 over two years to the American Red Cross. This donation will 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. In addition to providing financial support, CarMax will provide support to the Red Cross through blood drives and volunteer team builders with The CarMax Foundation’s Volunteer Team Builder program.
“When disasters occur in the communities where CarMax associates live and work, they often seek ways to provide support. In response to their interests, CarMax has pledged support to the American Red Cross as a Disaster Responder Member,” said Craig Cronheim, vice president of human resources and loss prevention at CarMax.
Every year, the victims of nearly 66,000 disasters rely on the Red Cross for immediate help. When a disaster strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services to help families get back on their feet.
"Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a fire or disaster,” said Reggie Gordon, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Virginia Region. “Our partnership with CarMax will help assist fellow Virginians and Americans across the country who are impacted by such tragedies and need immediate support. We are grateful to partner with CarMax, an engaged corporate citizen headquartered right here in Virginia.”
The Red Cross also helps military members and veterans and their families prepare for and cope with the challenges of military service. Each year the Red Cross provides more than 352,000 services to military members, veterans and civilians. This includes emergency communications and training along with support to wounded warriors and veterans. Recently, a CarMax team assembled 1,000 comfort care kits for the military and veterans. This includes distribution to veterans at McGuire Virginia Veterans Hospital.
CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for 12 consecutive years, is the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, CarMax currently operates 159 superstores in 79 markets. The CarMax consumer offer features low, no-haggle prices, a broad selection of CarMax Quality Certified used vehicles, and superior customer service. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com
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 redcross.org/cruz-roja, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.