June 05, 2013

GM employees donate $28,500 to help tornado victims in Oklahoma

General Motors Co. employees around the country have so far raised approximately $28,500 to help people in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma.

In some instances, plant collections by GM and the UAW have been supplemented with donations from GM retirees, contract
workers, dealers and suppliers, who pitched in to provide assistance to tornado victims in the Oklahoma City region, which was hit by a series of deadly twisters in a span of less than two weeks.

The donations will go to Detroit-based Forgotten Harvest's 'Help 4 Oklahoma' campaign, a partnership created by Forgotten Harvest, the General Motors Foundation, Chevrolet, Art Van, WDIV Local 4, WJR News/Talk 760, the Detroit Media Partnership, Garden Fresh Gourmet, Absopure and Great Lakes Wines & Spirits.

The GM Foundation joined the effort with the lead donation of $50,000. Chevrolet donated a 2013 Silverado full-size pickup to help with cleanup and restoration efforts.

"It's important for us to be there to help our neighbors who are hurting and our support of the 'Help 4 Oklahoma' campaign is a great way to make a difference," said Lori Wingerter, Vice-President, GM Foundation. "Through donations and key partnerships with organizations like Forgotten Harvest, we're able to step up and help provide immediate relief when disaster strikes."


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