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Unless you’ve been in solitary confinement for the last 10 days, you know that Japan is in need, and many in the USA are coming to their aid, including Chrysler Group LLC. Chrysler announced on Friday that it will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in the relief effort currently in progress, as well as matching donations made by employees and dealers up to an additional $100k.

Below is an excerpt from the Chrysler News Release published on Friday, March 18th of 2011.

““Our hearts go out to the people of Japan. We are confident that Chrysler employees, contractors and dealers will once again respond to help others in need, which is why the Foundation will also match their generous contributions.”

Jody Trapasso, President
The Chrysler Foundation

The Chrysler Foundation has a long history of providing humanitarian aid throughout the United States and the world.

Within days of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a $10 million Help the Children Fund was established for the children of victims. Chrysler employees, retirees and dealers raised another $400,000 for the scholarship fund and many employees worked at the recovery site or collected donations of supplies.

Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, The Chrysler Foundation contributed $550,000 for disaster relief, including $150,000 in matching funds. The donations were distributed to the American Red Cross, The United Way and food banks in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Company also donated 100 vehicles and supplies, collectively valued at $4.4 million.

The Foundation also provided $100,000 for flood relief and cleanup programs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2008, and $100,000 for wildfire disaster relief in San Diego in 2007. Both of these initiatives also involved volunteers and in-kind support from Chrysler Group dealers.

In 2010, the Foundation donated $100,000, $50,000 each to Oxfam America and the United States Fund for UNICEF, to support humanitarian relief and recovery efforts in Haiti after that country’s devastating earthquake. Later that year, the Foundation contributed $50,000 to the village of Dundee, Mich., and another $50,000 to ISOH/Impact in Perrysburg, Ohio, for relief efforts following severe tornadoes that hit Michigan and Northern Ohio.”

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