The American Red Cross has recognized Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), headquartered in Irvine, California, for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP).
· Megan Bush –Tom Bush Auto Group
· Pat Shea – Regional CEO American Red Cross
· Derek Archer – Duval Auto Group
We love our town. Even better, we love the people in our Jacksonville, FL area that give of themselves to help others. As such, one of our sponsors for our Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee show, Tom Bush group of Family Dealerships, has contributed to supporting the Red Cross in support of disaster response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). Through the support, Tom Bush Mazda has presented a vehicle to the local Red Cross chapter, one of the 18-vehicle Fleet to Red Cross for Disaster Relief Efforts.
Red Cross ADGP members pledge donations on an ongoing basis, in advance of major disasters, to 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.
Based on a long-standing partnership with the Red Cross, Mazda increased its annual contribution to ADGP and is now the first automotive manufacturer to join as a $1 million member of the giving program through a cash and vehicle donation. Mazda’s vehicle donation is the company’s largest in-kind vehicle donation ever.
“Thanks to the support of Mazda and other companies and foundations, the Red Cross can immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disaster in the United States,” said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern. “Members of this program generously help create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance to disaster victims.”
Mazda will supply 18 of its most functional vehicles to Red Cross chapters across the nation to deliver emergency supplies and services to families affected by disasters and other emergencies. Of the 18 donated vehicles, nine are 2015 Mazda CX-9 three-row crossover SUVs that seat seven passengers and provide up to 100.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity, as well as nine 2015 Mazda5 multi-activity vehicles that offer up to 44.4 cubic feet of cargo space and seating for six. The vehicles will also help transport resources and materials to train people in lifesaving skills such as CPR, AED and first aid.
“Mazda’s partnership with the American Red Cross goes beyond monetary donations and we are honored to provide them with Mazda vehicles to be used on the front lines of disaster relief,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO. “Mazda builds some of the most reliable vehicles on the market and we have no doubt they will serve Red Cross volunteers in times of need. Being a member of the ADGP program allows Mazda the best opportunity to give back to our local communities nationwide.”
Mazda also supports Red Cross blood drives and disaster preparedness efforts in their communities, and provides employees opportunities to support the Red Cross through volunteer work.