FORD TO HELP BAY AREA FIRE VICTIMS
FORD TO HELP BAY AREA FIRE VICTIMS DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Special vehicle
discounts and financing arrangements, as well as major contributions to agencies assisting victims of the recent fire storm in the Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., areas were announced today by Ford Motor Co. in conjunction with the Bay Area Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships.
"Ford and our dealers want to offer some form of assistance to those people seriously affected by this terrible tragedy," said Robert L. Rewey, vice president - Ford North American Sales Operations. Ford's assistance efforts include: -- Donation of 30 Ford trucks and vans for approximately four months for use by community organizations involved in clean-up and transportation efforts associated with restoring the fire-destroyed area; -- Special reduced prices for all new Ford and Lincoln-Mercury vehicles purchased from the company's franchised dealers; -- Six-month, interest-free deferrals on vehicle monthly payments financed through Ford Credit, with Ford Credit paying the interest expense; -- A $50,000 contribution to the Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist in any future major disaster relief efforts, and -- A consumer hotline -- 800-532-2295 -- and a brochure to answer any questions about Ford's assistance. Ford's assistance program is effective immediately. The consumer hotline will operate during normal business hours (PDT). Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealers have appropriate forms and information required to provide the vehicle price discounts to qualified customers, and the San Francisco Ford Credit office will be ready to start the six-months payment deferrals, at no interest expense to fire-victim customers. Community organizations involved in cleaning up the fire-torn area and having need of a Ford truck or van to help should contact Ford's Bay Area Community Relations Committee on the assistance hotline number, 800-532-2295. Rewey also noted that one Ford subsidiary already has helped fire victims. First Nationwide Bank, headquartered in San Francisco and a member of Ford's Financial Services Group, donated $10,000 to the United Way's East Bay Fire Emergency Fund. The bank matched additional United Way contributions over $5 from its employees and customers, and will defer the mortgage payments of its fire-victim customers. -0- 11/10/91 /CONTACT: Bert Serre, 313-322-1185 (office) or 313-641-8805 (home); or Bob Harnar, 714-520-8398 (office) or 714-498-0198 (home), both of Ford/ CO: Ford Motor Co. ST: California, Michigan IN: AUT SU: KJ -- LA002 -- 2826 11/10/91 10:01 EST
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|Date:||Nov 10, 1991|
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