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Ford Motor Company wrapped up its fourth annual Coat & Jacket Drive by delivering more than 1,000 new and gently used coats, along with hats, scarves and gloves, to the Salvation Army.
The coats and other items were donated by local Ford employees and brought to the Salvation Army in two new Ford Transit vans. The Salvation Army will distribute the items to needy families in the Detroit area.
“Surviving the cold of a Michigan winter means bundling up in a warm coat with a hat and gloves,” said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. “Unfortunately, many of our neighbors struggle each day to stay warm and to find enough food, and we’re hoping we can help ease that burden.”
The coats and other clothing donations are the latest from Ford and its philanthropic arm, the Ford Motor Company Fund, to give back to the communities where Ford employees live and work. Last week, more than 700 Ford employees volunteered in 50 community service projects in eight states as part of its quarterly Accelerated Action Day. So far this year, more than 27,000 Ford employees and retirees have volunteered on community service projects around the world.
Ford and Ford Fund have also invested $1.3 million across the U.S. in grants, vehicles and other assistance to provide hunger relief this fall.
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit http://community.ford.com.