Members of the NFL Miami Dolphins football team, cheerleaders and GMC executives pose with two GMC Sierra pickups filled with water and supplies for earthquake victims in Haiti Wednesday, February 3, 2009, at the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center in Miami, Fla. The General Motors Foundation is donating 30 GMC trucks to the Haitian relief effort, following President Bill Clinton's recent public call for vehicles to support recovery efforts. Yesikka Vivancos for GMC. [Photo by Yesikka Vivancos for GMC, via Freep]Enlarge Photo
Between the Toyota recall fiasco and another that may be brewing for the Chevy Cobalt, drivers have a lot on their mind these days. And while we're dedicated to keeping you up-to-date on the safety front, occasionally we like to take a quick time-out for some good news -- in this case General Motors Foundation's donation of 30 GMC Sierra pickups to the relief efforts in Haiti.
At least two of the trucks have already arrived at the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center in Miami, Florida, where they'll serve as the centerpiece at a fundraising event during this weekend's Superbowl festivities: "NFL players will receive a tour of the Center, speak about their ties to the Haitian community and work with NFL partners to collect relevant donations for the Little Haiti community."
After the fundraiser, the trucks will join 28 others and be shipped to Haiti, where they're expected to arrive the following week. In a press release (pasted below), GM Foundation Chairman John T. Montford said, "Immediate needs in Haiti include basic supplies and reliable transportation that can handle rugged and mountainous terrain... We believe the donation of 30 GMC trucks can have an immediate and beneficial impact on relief efforts in Haiti."
As time passes and news about Haiti's recovery slips from the front pages, donations to the relief efforts will diminish -- and in fact, a quick survey of major news websites shows that Haiti has already begun sliding below the scroll. The GM Foundation deserves a round of applause for keeping some focus on the tragedy, even as the troubled stock market has dinged its endowment and its ability to offer aid.
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DETROIT, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Motors Foundation is donating 30 GMC trucks to the Haitian relief effort to assist victims and aid workers in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation, following President Bill Clinton's recent public call for vehicles to support recovery efforts. Two of the trucks will arrive in Miami on February 3 and will be present at the NFL Little Haiti Outreach Event held at the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center, 5000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL at 4:00 p.m. EST. As part of the NFL's outreach following the disaster in Haiti, NFL players will receive a tour of the Center, speak about their ties to the Haitian community and work with NFL partners to collect relevant donations for the Little Haiti community.
"Everyone in America has been affected in some way by this tragedy," said GM Vice President Sales, Service and Marketing and GM Foundation Board member Susan Docherty, "including GM employees, families and friends. GMC and the NFL are going to visit the heart of the Haitian community in South Florida to show our support."
The Sierra pickup trucks will arrive with supplies such as tarps and tents donated from Florida GMC dealers and their communities. The pickups will arrive in Haiti mid-February at the request of Edmond Mulet, acting head of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti. This is part of a coordinated effort of the GM Foundation and the William J. Clinton Foundation, in response to the dire need for trucks to transport supplies to survivors. The William J. Clinton Foundation is providing transit of the vehicles to Haiti. President Clinton currently serves as U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti.