Automobile manufacturers - contributions to 9/11 fund

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  1. John Thomas

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    I received this in an email from a friend of mine earlier this week - curious if this is factual. Read for yourself:

    "CNN Headline News did a short news listing regarding Ford and GM's

    contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and Washington.

    The findings are as follows......

    1. Ford- $1 million to American Red Cross matching employee contributions of

    the same number plus 10 Excursions to NY Fire

    Dept. The company also offered ER response team services and

    office space to displaced government employees.

    2. GM- $1 million to American Red Cross matching employee

    contributions of the same number and a fleet of vans, suv's,

    and trucks.

    3. Daimler Chrysler- $10 million to support of the children and

    victims of the Sept. 11 attack.

    4. Harley Davidson motorcycles- $1 million and 30 new motorcycles

    to the New York Police Dept.

    5. Volkswagen- Employees and management created a Sept 11 Foundation,

    funded initial with $2 million, for the assistance of the children and

    victims of the WTC.

    6. Hyundai 300,000 to the American Red Cross.

    7. Audi- Nothing.

    8. BMW- Nothing.

    9. Daewoo- Nothing.

    10. Fiat- Nothing.

    11. Honda- Nothing despite boasting of second best sales month ever

    in August 2001

    12. Isuzu- Nothing.

    13. Mitsubishi- Nothing.

    14. Nissan- Nothing.

    15. Porsche- Nothing. Press release with condolences via the Porsche

    website.

    16. Subaru- Nothing.

    17. Suzuki- Nothing.

    18. Toyota- Nothing despite claims of high sales in July and August

    2001. Condolences posted on the website

    Whenever the time may be for you to purchase or lease a new vehicle,

    keep this information in mind. You might want to give more consideration to

    a car manufactured by an American-owned and / or American based company.

    Apart from Hyundai and Volkswagen, the foreign car companies contributed

    nothing at all to the citizens of the United States. It's OK for these

    companies to take money out of this country, but it is apparently not

    acceptable to return some in a time of crisis. I believe we should not

    forget things like this. Say thank you in a way that gets their attention.
     
  2. Peter McDonald

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    This is a hoax. It was never on CNN. Several of those companies listed as giving nothing, did indeed give.

    Peter
     
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    I'm sure this is a hoax.

    First of all, VW owns Poerche and Audi so you can remove those "nothings" from yhe list.

    Secondly, BMW donated some X5s and a small fleet of motorcycles to the NYPD. Motorcycles were critical for police on 9/11 due to the debris that had to be circumvented and both Harley and BMW donated new police cycles, it was well publicized in the Moto mags.

    That's enough for me to completely discount this. Moral of the story: Don't beleive anything forwarded by email without doing some research.
     
  6. John Thomas

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    Just from the appearance of the email, I was wary of the actual content. Simply by the phrasing and simplistic approach the author took, it seemed to be some sort of propaganda. I was simply curious if there were any truth to it whatsoever.

    Thanks.
     

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