Detroit, Michigan – Thirty GMC Sierra pickup trucks donated by the General Motors Foundation, and packed with supplies donated from universities and organizations in the USA and Canada, will be shipped from Miami to Haiti today. The GM Foundation donated the trucks following President Bill Clinton’s recent public call for vehicles to support recovery efforts.
“I’m pleased the GM Foundation has made a generous donation of trucks to our relief efforts in Haiti, which will be instrumental in mobilizing food and lifesaving supplies,” President Clinton said. “The American auto industry has made great strides to increase aid and assistance to Haiti, and GM’s leadership demonstrates what corporate citizens can do to help the people of Haiti rebuild and recover from the massive earthquake.”
The Sierra pickups are being sent to Haiti at the request of the United Nations as part of a coordinated effort of the GM Foundation and the William J. Clinton Foundation, in response to the dire need for trucks to transport supplies to survivors. The William J. Clinton Foundation is providing transit of the vehicles to Haiti. President Clinton currently serves as U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti.
“The GM Foundation is honored to play a part in assisting with the relief efforts in Haiti” said John T. Montford, Chairman of the GM Foundation & Senior Advisor for Government Relations and Global Public Policy. “Since this tragedy occurred, GM employees have mobilized to assist in many different ways. We sincerely hope these 30 GMC trucks, built by the GM team in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, will help transport people and resources to where they are needed most.”
The donation of the trucks is a contribution from the General Motors Foundation GM Global Aid program.
In addition to the donation of these 30 GMC trucks, the GM Foundation’s total giving for Haitian Relief is $100,000 in cash. An additional $250,000 was raised on Saturday, January 23, by the auction of a limited-edition Chevrolet Corvette at the 39th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Additional donations are being collected at U.S. auto shows. All monies for Haiti relief efforts will be presented to the American Red Cross.