I can’t recall a year like this one. Natural disaster after natural disaster. More and more people — in foreign countries and the US, alike — have had their homes ravaged, friends and family members lost to floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, and earthquakes. In March, it was a massive tsunami in Japan. Last month, Joplin, MO was wiped out by tornadoes. Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi have been devastated with floods. And the list goes on.
In this time of so many in such great need, it’s refreshing when thriving corporations give a little back. This week, The Motor Company, aka Harley-Davidson, has donated $100,000 to relief funds to help those affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding in the US. We’re glad to see the company, which continues to do well despite the lousy economy, follow in the footsteps of the Honda Motor Company, which donated millions after the tsunami hit Japan this year. Below is the press release from HD’s website:
The Harley-Davidson Foundation donates $100,000 to support recent natural disaster relief efforts in U.S.
MILWAUKEE (June 6, 2011) – Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) today announced a $100,000 donation from The Harley-Davidson Foundation to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts following the flooding and tornadoes that occurred in the U.S., including Missouri, Alabama and Oklahoma. The Foundation has earmarked $50,000 of the donation to support efforts in Joplin, Missouri. The remaining $50,000 will support the Red Cross’ General Disaster Relief Fund.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this recent devastation,” said Tonit Calaway, Harley-Davidson, Inc. Vice President and President of The Harley-Davidson Foundation. “We are proud to make this donation and help provide relief during this unfortunate time.”
Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the group of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services. The Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization that builds partnerships with charitable organizations to help support the communities where Harley-Davidson does business.