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O.C. automakers donate to East Coast relief efforts

Hyundai and Mazda donate to Northeast hurricane victims and to assist car owners

by Kara VaporeanPublished: November 08, 2012 10:45 AM

Costa Mesa’s Hyundai Motor America and Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations are pitching in to help the East Coast dig out from the effect of Hurricane Sandy. Earlier this week, both companies made large financial donations to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Mazda is also contributing to two local food banks located near its Northeast Regional Office in New Jersey.

The automakers’ support is an asset to the American Red Cross as more than 5,350 Red Cross workers help victims throughout Virginia, Rhode Island, New Jersey, the Greater New York area and other surrounding states affected by Sandy. The Red Cross has more than 250 shelters providing overnight shelter to more than 92,500 victims, supplying more than 1 million meals and snacks and distributing more than 60,200 relief items including clean-up and hygiene kits.

"The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy has created enormous loss and challenges for millions in the storm's wake," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "We know how important the relief efforts of the Red Cross are and hope that our donation can make a difference in helping those still recovering from the extraordinary impact of this storm."

The Mazda Foundation has approved $5,000 grants for each the Flemington Area Food Pantry and The Food Bank Network of Somerset County. The two New Jersey food banks surrounding the Mazda Northeast Region Office are providing employees and other community members with food and other basic essentials lost in the hurricane.

Both companies’ financial service arms have extended payment deadlines and waived late fees in areas impacted by the storm, and have put in place special incentives toward the purchase of a new car, available to owners whose vehicles were damaged or destroyed in the storm.

"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 Jim O'Sullivan, Mazda North American Operations’ president and CEO.

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