Ford F-150 Joins American Red Cross Vehicle Fleet

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F-150 XLT will help American Red Cross respond to disasters in SoCal.

The Ford F-150 has helped entrepreneurs start and build their businesses. It’s assisted families in maintaining and upgrading their homes. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that the F-150 has also been instrumental in rebuilding lives after natural and manmade disasters strike. This particular white F-150 will answer the calls of those in need as one of the American Red Cross’s newest Emergency Response Vehicles.

Manheim, a company which provides vehicle remarketing services, partnered with Remarketing by Element to raise funds for the truck through a campaign called “Race to Give.” That officially ended on March 30, when the American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region, which serves Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, received the pre-2018 SuperCrew truck. According to Manheim, the Desert to the Sea Region assisted more than 900 families affected by disasters last year. In the same press release about the F-150 donation, the company stated, “Nationwide, the American Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 64,000 disasters — that’s one every eight minutes—every year, including mudslides, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, home fires and more. It takes vehicles – and many of them – to deliver supplies to those affected by emergencies.”

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To make the F-150 even more effective, some of Manheim’s employees and clients bought and assembled 1,500 “comfort kits” for Red Cross workers to pass out to disaster victims. Kelley Blue Book contributed an extra 500 kits. All 2000 of them contained personal hygiene items that should come in handy for people who are temporarily displaced from their homes after Mother Nature (or some other destructive force) attacks.

However, there’s something just as important or perhaps even more vital than hygiene products. Linda Voss, Regional CEO of the Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region, said, “Vehicles like this one allow us to get to and from the scene safely, and deliver much-needed supplies. It’s more than just a truck – it’s a vital tool for us to deliver help and hope in our region, and beyond.”

Photos via Manheim

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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