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CHRYSLER, EMPLOYEES DONATE CASH, SUPPLIES AND SERVICES TO FLOOD VICTIMS

 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) and its employees joined forces to help flood victims in the Mississippi Basin, donating approximately $170,000 and more than 4,000 gallons of bottled water during critical stages of the crisis. On July 19, the Chrysler Corporation Fund pledged up to $100,000 to match employees' and retirees' donations, through Aug. 30. In total, employees donated approximately $70,000. The corporation agreed to donate the entire amount pledged, resulting in a donation to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund of $170,000.
 "Our employees and retirees responded generously to the incredible need of the flood victims," said Arthur C. (Bud) Liebler, Chrysler Vice President -- Communications and President of the Chrysler Fund. "So we decided to match their generosity and further support their efforts by contributing the entire $100,000 authorized by the Fund."
 The funds donated by Chrysler and its employees will get into the hands of those in need at a most critical juncture in the crisis.
 "We've been told by the Red Cross that when the media -- and therefore most of the country -- puts the story out of their minds, it's the most critical time of need for those affected by a disaster such as this," said Liebler. "We're just doing what we can to say that we continue to care about the plight of all those touched by this disaster."
 But the money, as important and timely as it may be, is only half the story of Chrysler employees' dedication to helping others less fortunate.
 For instance, Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Chrysler/Plymouth Dealers responded to those in need in Missouri.
 Upon learning that Crystal City, Miss., was out of drinking water and would be for quite awhile, the dealer group's president called an emergency meeting of its executive committee to approve the immediate purchase of more than 4,000 gallons of bottled water to send to the fire house in Crystal City.
 Volunteers from Chrysler's Mopar Parts Division, the St. Louis Parts Distribution Center and the Ryder truck company completed the delivery within 24 hours in early August.
 In addition, the St. Louis Parts Center and Ryder distributed trailer loads of supplies from the local Salvation Army to Columbia and Hannibal, Miss.
 "The response from all areas of the corporation has been overwhelming," said Liebler. "Whereas we set out to match donations of employees and retirees, we had to expand our efforts to include dealers. Above all else, we hope some semblance of normalcy can be quickly restored to these people's lives."
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 /CONTACT: Rick Deneau of Chrysler, 313-252-8887/
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