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HUMMER, GM Foundation Mark American Red Cross

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HUMMER, GM Foundation Mark American Red Cross Month With Thanks, Vehicle Donations

DETROIT – In recognition of March as American Red Cross Month and the partnership with the American Red Cross, HUMMER and the GM Foundation announce the delivery of 10 more HUMMERs to Red Cross chapters across the U.S. Red Cross chapters in Atlanta ; Detroit ; Los Angeles ; New York ; Norfolk , Va. ; Philadelphia ; San Diego ; San Francisco ; and Washington , D.C. will receive a combination of H1, H2 and H3 vehicles to strengthen their emergency preparation and disaster response capability.

These vehicles are part of a committed 72 vehicle fleet that will include a combination of H1, H2 and H3 models. The first trucks were delivered last December to Red Cross chapters in areas hardest hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In addition to the vehicles, the GM Foundation is making cash contributions of $100,000 annually for six years.

“It is with admiration that we thank the millions of Americans who selflessly give their time, effort and money to support the work of the American Red Cross in communities nationwide,” said Rod Gillum, GM vice president Corporate Responsibility and Diversity and Chairman, GM Foundation. “We believe that these capable HUMMER vehicles will give Red Cross employees and community volunteers better mobility when and where they need it.”

“Since Clara Barton established the Red Cross in America more than 125 years ago, the Red Cross has led the effort to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters and other emergencies ,” said Kathleen Loehr, interim senior vice president of Development , American Red Cross. “The Red Cross would like to thank HUMMER and the GM Foundation for their generous support of this mission. These donations will assist our neighbors in communities all across the country in times when they need it most.”

To help make communication and navigation easier for Red Cross volunteers, each donated H2 and H3 will be equipped with complimentary OnStar services, including hands-free calling minutes and OnStar’s “Directions and Connections” plan. It provides drivers with driving directions, and help finding hotels, gas, and other destinations. It also includes air bag deployment notification to OnStar advisors, remote vehicle diagnostics, remote door unlock and other emergency help. The donated vehicles will also include GM’s Major Guard Protection extended service coverage.

The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the nearly 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through more than 800 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world. Some 4 million people give blood—the gift of life—through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States . The Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 183 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.

HUMMER is a division of General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer, which employs about 325,000 people globally. The HUMMER product line-up consists of three models, the H1, based on the military HUMVEE, the H2 and the H3. The H2 SUV went on sale in July 2002 and the H2 SUT was first available in the summer of 2004. The all-new midsize H3 began arriving in dealer showrooms in May 2005.

The GM Foundation was established in 1976 to support the philanthropic interests and business priorities of General Motors Corporation. GM Foundation programs and initiatives are focused on bringing better mobility to people and communities worldwide.

Link: http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet...n=2&docid=24218

Edited by Variance

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Thanks for putting this up Variance, good article to see that GM at least has a heart to donate vehicles to those that need it the most like the Red Cross.

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I wonder if the Import buying morons will appreciate this. Probably not :(

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