KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Salvation Army happily accepted Ford Motor Company’s donation of a customized Ford Transit van on Thursday; a van which was made at the Ford Assembly Plant in Claycomo.
“It’s going to help them to provide food, beverage, blankets, clothing, temporary shelter, communications support, all those things,” said Tony Rinehart, Ford Motor Company.
Major David Harvey, Divisional Secretary for the Salvation Army in Kansas and Western Missouri called it a ‘game-changing gift.’
“On behalf of the Salvation Army, I want to thank the Ford Motor Company for the building of this generous donation, of this Ford Transit,” said Major Harvey. “Today they are giving back to the citizens of Kansas City and we thank them for this wonderful gift.”
The custom transit will be added to the disaster fleet and better respond to emergencies. It will move better in tight spaces.
“It’s slimmer and safer for us to get in and out of disasters,” said Major Harvey.
He also said it will be good for the Salvation Army’s night time feeding program, in which they take food out to homeless.
The donation was presented at Fire Station 19 in Westport.