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GM, GM Foundation & GMAC to Help Hurricane Victims

 

DETROIT (Sept. 2, 2005) – General Motors announced that the GM Foundation and GMAC will make a combined immediate cash donation of $400,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund in support of relief work in parts of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

The GM Foundation has pledged up to an additional $250,000 in matching funds for contributions made to the Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund by GM and GMAC employees through the company’s Global Aid Disaster Relief website (http://www.gmability.com).

In addition to financial support, the GM family will provide additional relief support and aid to storm victims:

GM is making available more than 25 cars and trucks for use by the American Red Cross in relief efforts throughout the affected areas. These vehicles, along with three Hummer H2s donated to the Red Cross last year and the 10 other vehicles already in use following last month’s strike of Hurricane Dennis in Pensacola, are offered to the Red Cross for use in transporting volunteers, food, water and medical supplies.

OnStar has opened up its full range of services for its customers based in or traveling in Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. All OnStar customers in these states are getting immediate assistance with routing requests, hotel reservations, weather updates, gas station directions, contacting relatives and emergency communication with public safety providers.

The GM facility in Shreveport, Louisiana, is working with the local American Red Cross chapter to collect needed supplies of bedding for the many evacuees entering the area and expected to remain for an extended period of time.

GMAC will work closely with all its impacted customers in auto finance, insurance and mortgage units. Customers are urged to contact customer service or their branch offices where they will be assisted on a case-by-case basis.

Reports of fatalities, injuries and property destruction continue to mount following the storm.

“It may be days or weeks before the full extent of the destruction from Hurricane Katrina is known, but in the meantime, GM, the GM Foundation and GMAC will act now to help the American Red Cross bring relief to the victims of this devastating storm,” said Rod Gillum, GM vice president Corporate Responsibility and Diversity, and chairman of the GM Foundation. “We invite GM and GMAC employees everywhere to continue their proven tradition of supporting disaster relief efforts by contributing online to the Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund.”

The GM Foundation was established in 1976 to support the philanthropic interests and business priorities of General Motors Corporation. In 2004, worldwide contributions by GM and the GM Foundation totaled $68 million.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 317,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries.

In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up four percent and the second-highest total in the company’s history. GM’s global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit.

More information on GM can be found at http://www.gm.com.

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