With the recent life-altering natural disaster dubbed Hurricane Sandy came billions of dollars of irreparable damage to the Northeast. The aftermath of such a horrible storm brings with it pictures of destruction, despair, and sadness. Massive power outages, large numbers of destroyed or damaged homes, and the tragic loss of many lives have plagued Northeasterners for the past few weeks. One company is doing its best to bring comfort and aid to the people in this area.
As many people know, the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters is located in Montvale, New Jersey, not out of reach for Sandy and her destructive tendencies. Located about 30 miles from New York City, Mercedes-Benz USA immediately recognized the impact that Sandy was going to have on many of those in the nearby communities and decided to take action. Mercedes donated $1,000,000 to the relief efforts of the American Red Cross in assisting those displaced, hurt, and impacted by the hurricane.
“The devastation that Hurricane Sandy left behind will be felt for a long time in the communities in which we live and work,” said Steve Cannon, president and CEO, MBUSA in a press release. “It’s our hope that this donation can provide some small measure of relief for the families and businesses affected as the recovery and rebuilding begins.”
On top of the already generous donation, Mercedes has offered more assistance in the form of its employees. Mercedes has offered to match any monetary gift from their employees, and is also encouraging their employees to get out and help those around them that may have been impacted by the hurricane. Those employees that are willing to take the time off are supported by Mercedes and given that time.
Mercedes has always been proud to call New Jersey home and is extremely privileged and honored to have the opportunity to help their neighbors.