Mississippi Dealers Send Relief Supplies to Help Staten Island Residents in Time of Need

 Mississippi Dealers Send Relief Supplies to Help Staten Island Residents in
                                 Time of Need

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 9, 2012

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord dealers from the Hattiesburg, Miss. area are collecting 80 pallets
    full of canned goods, diapers, personal care items, blankets, batteries
    and bottled water to fill a semi-truck trailer bound for Dana Ford Lincoln
    in Staten Island, N.Y.
  oStaten Island was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Sandy and these
    Mississippi Ford dealers are pitching in to help the Staten Island
    communities in their time of need

Ford dealerships from the Hattiesburg area in Mississippi are sending relief
supplies to help Staten Island communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Eighty pallets full of canned goods, diapers, personal care items, blankets,
batteries and bottled water to fill a semi-truck trailer bound for Dana Ford
Lincoln in Staten Island, N.Y., more than 1,000 miles away. These relief
supplies will be provided to the residents of the area while the dealership
will serve as a distribution center.

The four participating dealers – Courtesy Ford (Hattiesburg), Pine Belt Ford
(Purvis), Woolwine Ford (Collins) and Laurel Ford Lincoln (Laurel) are
gathering the donated goods from the communities of Hattiesburg.

"We greatly appreciate the generosity and support from our brother and sister
dealers in Mississippi," said Jim Cognetta, president of Dana Ford Lincoln.
"We are so thankful for the kindness shown by the Ford dealer family,
particularly in this time of need."

Hurricane Katrina remembrance

Jimmy Walker, president of Laurel Ford Lincoln, is coordinating the efforts of
the Mississippi dealers.

Walker saw news accounts of the disaster and the anguish of the residents of
New York, and recalled the need during Hurricane Katrina and the difficulty
getting relief supplies to those in the area. His first step was to go to the
local WalMart and purchase 2,000 blankets and ship to Dana Ford – because he
anticipated cold weather would soon hit the Northeast. Following that, he
reached out to local Ford dealers in Mississippi. The response was and
continues to be overwhelming.

Christian Services is helping to coordinate the effort in Mississippi and KLLM
Transport Services is donating trucks, fuel and manpower to transport all of
the donated items to the dealership in New York.

"This generous outpouring of support from the Ford family of dealers in
Mississippi will help a great deal as the people of Staten Island continue to
recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.Our thoughts and prayers continue
to be with them," said Curt Skaluba, East Region manager of Sales, Parts and
Service Operations for Ford Motor Company.

Ford offers relief

Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford employees donated $50,000 to the American Red
Cross and its chapters to assist with disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane
Sandy. This donation is part of Ford's involvement in the 2012 Red Cross
Disaster Responder Program. Ford Motor Company has partnered with the American
Red Cross for more than 30 years.

Further, beyond the outpouring of support by Ford dealers, Ford Motor Company
is offering customers affected by Hurricane Sandy $500 Bonus Cash savings off
vehicle MSRP toward the purchase or lease of any eligible 2012 or 2013 model
year Ford or Lincoln vehicle. The incentive is available to current residents
of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast through January 2013.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 172,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.



SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://corporate.ford.com
Contact: Elizabeth Weigandt, Ford Motor Company, +1-313-845-4147,
eweigand@ford.com; or Jim Tobin, Direct Impact, +1-202-302-8123,
jamestobin@att.net
 
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