Hurricane Sandy left a lot of destruction as she made her way up the East Coast, and many automakers have joined the relief efforts.
Monetary donations make up the bulk of the efforts, with contributions being made by major manufacturers such as Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Mazda, BMW and Nissan, among others, AutoBlog reports. Many of these funds were given to the American Red Cross, with Toyota and BMW of North America each pledged $1 million to the organization's disaster relief efforts. In addition, several companies have encouraged employees or industry partners to donate time and money to various charitable endeavors.
The aid goes beyond just financial help. American Honda donated its own portable generators and water pumps, while GM donated 50 utility vehicles with top-notch vehicle maintenance to the Red Cross for use in ruined area. Fisker Automotive also offered a 3.2-million-square-foot area in Delaware to be used as a storage facility and staging area for rescue crews and power companies.
"Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating impact on many people in the Northeast, including our own employees, dealers and customers, so we're pleased to work with the American Red Cross and local food banks to help those who have been affected by the disaster," said Mazda CEO Jim O'Sullivan.