Chrysler Contributes to Japan Relief Efforts

Slowly, but surely, the aid for the Japanese people affected by last week's earthquake and tsunami is growing in size, with the automotive industry as a whole and car makers around the world being some of the biggest contributors to the cause.

We've already seen car makers like GM, BMW and Daimler announcing donations for one or another agency currently involved in the rescue efforts in Japan, but the list of contributors is still growing.

The latest to join the pack is Chrysler, who, through the Chrysler Foundation, announced a donation of $100,000 for the American Red Cross and an extra $100,000 coming from the carmaker's employees and dealers.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan,” said Jody Trapasso, The Chrysler Foundation president. “We are confident that Chrysler employees, contractors and dealers will once again respond to help others in need, which is why the Foundation will also match their generous contributions.”

Pleasing as this sudden combined effort to help of auto makers around the world is, it still can't be enough to cover the entire extent of the damage, both in human lives and material losses. One week after the disaster, the Japanese authorities are still unable to provide an accurate number of people hurt and killed.

Images from the disaster area show entire cities leveled, void of any life. Several thousand bodies have been found, but many more seem to have vanished into thin air. On top of it all, despite the best efforts of the Japanese, several nuclear reactors at damaged power plants threaten to become the second worst nuclear disaster in the history of the world after Chernobyl.
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