DEERFIELD BEACH, FL
— In response to the devastation caused by the December 26th tsunami in Southeast Asia, JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (JMFE), its subsidiary Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET), and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. announced on February 15 a $500,000 donation to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.The donation is part of a larger global contribution by Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Toyota Motor North America and other Toyota affiliates worldwide in support of both the American Red Cross and UNICEF. In total, contributions to these two organizations from all Toyota sources will likely exceed $4.5 million.“It’s heartbreaking to all to see the tragic effect of the tsunami on so many lives throughout Southeast Asia” said Jim Moran, founder and honorary chairman of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. “Within only minutes, it left hundreds of thousands of lives lost, families broken and children left behind. Our immediate concern is to get the help (medical assistance, food, water and shelter) to the survivors. We at JM Family can help get these distressed people back on their feet by donating cash to reliable organizations. This will give them some of hope for the future. JM Family, SET and Toyota are giving $500,000 to the American Red Cross.”According to Pat Moran, chairman of JMFE and its flagship subsidiary, SET, offering disaster aid was an immediate response, especially after watching the 36-year-old family business and thousands of its associates and their families endure a record-setting four hurricanes just four months ago. That crisis prompted a $1.5 million donation for relief by JM Family and Toyota companies.The company also noted the many personal contributions that JM Family associates have made to various not-for-profit organizations for tsunami relief.