General Motors has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to support tornado relief efforts.
Earlier this month, a series of deadly tornados cut a swath of destruction across several Southern and Midwestern states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. A total of 88 people are believed to have died as a result of the storms, with 74 dead in Kentucky and more than 100 still missing.
Additionally, the roof of the GM Bowling Green facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky was damaged, with winds estimated at 150 mph. A small fire is also reported to have broken out at the facility. The GM Bowling Green plant is the exclusive producer of the Chevy Corvette sports car.
Per a report from the Detroit Free Press, General Motors has donated $1 million to the American Red Cross following the deadly storms.
“GM is a long-standing partner of the American Red Cross, which is working around the clock with local partners to make sure that those who have been impacted by the tornadoes have a safe place to stay, food to eat, critical relief supplies, emotional support and comfort,” said GM spokeswoman Kristen Ackerman.
The $1 million donation is in addition to the automaker’s annual $500,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Additionally, General Motors has provided a $500,000 grant to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
What’s more, the GM Care program, which is an internal platform that enables GM employees to donate to charitable causes, is providing relief to affected areas.
“We’ve highlighted several organizations in those regions that are actively engaged in relief efforts to help provide shelter, food, critical relief and emotional support to impacted individuals,” Ackerman said.
General Motors has introduced a “cadenced” approach to resuming production at the Bowling Green facility. It’s estimated that roughly 115 vehicles stored at the facility were damaged beyond repair.