Car manufacturers sprang into action quickly after Superstorm Sandy, making donations to the American Red Cross and other nonprofits to bring relief to the affected areas.
Automakers including BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda and Toyota have all made cash donations to the American Red Cross and other nonprofits, with BMW and Toyota as the largest contributors, donating $1 million each. Honda donated $500,000 cash as well as portable generators and water pumps, which it also manufactures, for use in affected areas.
In addition, Chrysler and General Motors donated cars to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts on the ground. Chrysler donated 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman trucks, while GM provided 50 Chevrolet Express cargo vans, Traverse sport utility vehicles and full-size Tahoe SUVs all equipped with 300 hands-free calling minutes and three months of free OnStar communications. Chrysler also made a $100,000 cash donation, while the GM Foundation made a $250,000 donation to the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program.
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