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    Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Toyota Companies Pledge $5,000,000 to Hurricane Katrina Relief


    Torrance, CA - September 1, 2005 - Toyota companies today announced a $5,000,000 contribution directed to disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina, which struck a devastating blow to the US Gulf Coast on August 29.

    "We're hopeful that aid may quickly reach those who fell victim to the torrential wind and rain," said Toyota Motor Sales USA President and COO Jim Press. "It's gratifying to be of some assistance during this difficult time."

    Toyota companies have long supported the American Red Cross through associate-giving programs and disaster-related contributions.
    $2 million of the $3 million directed to the American Red Cross was pledged by Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan, California-based Toyota Motor Sales USA and Toyota Financial Services; New York-based Toyota Motor North America; and Kentucky-based Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, which includes 11 manufacturing plants in North America, with three more under construction.

    Texas-based Friedkin Companies, the owner of Gulf States Toyota, a privately owned Toyota distributorship, contributed another $2 million to establish the Friedkin Disaster Relief Fund. This fund will aid Toyota and dealership employees and their families in the Gulf Sates region with both immediate and long-term needs resulting from Hurricane Katrina.

    Southeast Toyota Distributors, a privately owned Toyota distributorship, its parent company JM Family Enterprises, and its associates pledged another $1,000,000 to the American Red Cross.

    In addition to Toyota's contribution, Toyota Financial Services and Lexus Financial Services will assist finance and lease customers affected by Hurricane Katrina by offering a 90-day extension on payments, suspending credit bureau reporting on accounts impacted by the storm and temporarily suspending collection efforts on these accounts. Customers wishing to request assistance or discuss their accounts should call 1-800-874-8822.

    Similarly, Lexus Pursuits Visa® Card customers will also receive an extension on payments and may call 1-866-877-4966 to seek a credit line increase or further assistance.

    To stimulate further giving, employee contributions to the American Red Cross will be fully matched by Toyota Motor Sales USA, Toyota Financial Services, Toyota Motor North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America and Toyota Technical Center. Additionally, employee contributions to the Salvation Army will be fully matched by Toyota Technical Center, while employee contributions to the Friedkin Disaster Relief Fund will be fully matched by Toyota Motor Sales and Toyota Financial Services.

    Read on: http://www.toyota.com/about/news/cor...-donation.html

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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    I think a few people have to apologize to the guy who predicted exactly this.
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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    ...? That Toyota would donate money? What's so surprising about that? All automakers are doing this.

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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by CarShark
    ...? That Toyota would donate money? What's so surprising about that? All automakers are doing this.
    $5,000,000 is a lot of money.

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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    That Toyota would wait out every other manufacturer's announcement, and then one-up all of them.
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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralViscen
    That Toyota would wait out every other manufacturer's announcement, and then one-up all of them.
    I think it's great that they're doing it but I also don't like this waiting to show up everyone else. Gives me the impression they're more concerned with publicity than helping people. I'm sure theres a pic of some *** business man with that anoying grin on his face, somewhere for this .

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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by silverado_13
    I think it's great that they're doing it but I also don't like this waiting to show up everyone else. Gives me the impression they're more concerned with publicity than helping people.
    I'll agree with this part.
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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Holy mother... what a bunch! I've never met anyone who would complain about a 5 million dollar donation! If Toyota had done it first it'd be because they wanted to get the most attention right away. I don't know anyone in Louisiana, but I'm still glad there's money going down there, and don't give a flying fcuk who it comes from. Watch what you hope for... maybe next time Toyota will say "screw you ungrateful whiners", and everyone will be 5 million dollars further from recovery.
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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by silverado_13
    I'm sure theres a pic of some *** business man with that anoying grin on his face, somewhere for this .
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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralViscen
    I think a few people have to apologize to the guy who predicted exactly this.
    Apologize?!? If Toyota had given less everyone would be saying "Ohhh, look, Toyota can only give 1 million". Apologize... that's cute!
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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by AdmiralViscen
    That Toyota would wait out every other manufacturer's announcement, and then one-up all of them.
    Well, they sort-of one-uped them. To the ppl living down there the defferment for 2 months from GM and Ford is probably more important.

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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by paul8488
    Apologize?!? If Toyota had given less everyone would be saying "Ohhh, look, Toyota can only give 1 million". Apologize... that's cute!
    You said he was wrong, and he was right.
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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    Quote Originally Posted by paul8488
    Apologize?!? If Toyota had given less everyone would be saying "Ohhh, look, Toyota can only give 1 million". Apologize... that's cute!
    Unfortunately that's true. Really guys a donation is a donation, and if it was you that was living down south, then I can guarantee you would take it.

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    Re: Toyota donates $5,000,000 to Katrina disaster

    No one is saying they'd turn it down.
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